Mora, Pat. Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love. Ember: New York, 2012. ISBN 978-0375855368
A collection of love poems, told from the point of view of varying characters.
I really enjoy this book. I love poetry, and love any excuse to read it. The thing I like the best about these poems were the clear and obvious differences in the voices of the poems. You know that these are different characters writing. I thought it was interesting.
The flow was good. It was a fast read. There were some parts that I felt didn’t quite mesh, but all is well that ends well.
I also loved the variety of poems. With most poets, they have a preferred form and hardly deviate from it. This book gave us a good variety including haiku, sonnet, cinquain, and free verse. It was a nice touch.
I absolutely loved the poems that were in Spanish. I love Spanish, and every exposure it gets is good in my book. It is such a beautiful language, and Latinx culture is absolutely breath-taking.
All in all, a solid book of poems that really speak to you and make you remember being a teenager and all the different types of love there is.
“From family and school to dating and being dumped, the subjects in these 50 poems cover teens’ experiences of love in many voices and situations. Several entries incorporate Spanish words and idioms, as in “Ode to Teachers,” a moving tribute in English with a Spanish translation. A few poems hit a too-sweet tone with forced rhyme, but the best are wry, passionate, casual, and honest (“It’s nice having a sister especially when boys come over, / and some of them like you better”). One of the best is “Silence,” in which a girl speaks about waiting and waiting for her childhood friend to invite her to the prom. Mora writes in free verse, as well as a wide variety of classic poetic forms—including haiku, clerihew, sonnet, cinquain, and blank verse—and for each form, there is an unobtrusive explanatory note on the facing page. The tight structures intensify the strong feelings in the poems, which teens will enjoy reading on their own or hearing aloud in the classroom.”
From School Library Journal:
“A collection of poems written in various forms, each narrated in a different teen voice. According to the author’s note, Mora envisioned the flow of the poems as that of a symphony with four movements—an opening focus on love’s initial rush, followed by a few bumps in the road, healing after loss of love, and finally the joy of finding new love. This cohesion is indeed delivered. Peppered with Spanish, the selections define the emotion in countless ways. The quiet lyricism of some lines will prompt many readers to roll them over and over on their tongues; this is a world in which a simple smile can make a boy feel as if he’s “swallowed the sun” or one’s worst fear might be a kiss “dull like oatmeal.” Where relevant, poetic form is indicated, defined, and discussed on the adjacent page. For all its beauty, this collection is also, in some ways, hard to pin down. The jacket copy and title might lead one to expect a focus on the intensity of teen romantic love. The love here is neither hot and heavy nor clichéd, however, but rather a glimpse into the last remaining innocence of the teen years. At times, the narration even slips a bit astray from an authentically teenage voice. Those expecting a more typical raw, edgy approach to love with poetry akin to the ramblings of a teenager’s journal will be better off elsewhere. Teachers in need of a fresh new avenue for teaching poetic form, lovers of language, and teens in search of a broader definition of love will find it here.”
From Kirkus Reviews:
“The poet’s voice is multifaceted: tender, humorous and joyful but also profound … The author employs an extraordinary diversity of poetic forms.”
Other books by Pat Mora:
Tomas and the Library Lady ISBN 978-0375803499
Book Fiesta ISBN 978-0061288784
The Remembering Day ISBN 978-1558858053
Here in Harlem by Walter Dean Myers ISBN 9780823418534
Falling Down the Page by Georgia Heard ISBN 9781596432208
The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle ISBN 9780805086744
Choose your favorite form of poetry and write a poem about love. If you don’t have a favorite, choose from the following: haiku, sonnet, limerick, free verse, or rhyming poem.