Poetry, VOLUME 12

Kwame Alexander – Love is… A Valentine Poem [via NPR]

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Kwame Alexander

Hardback: Candlewick, 2017
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Last month, NPR asked elementary and high school teachers to give the following prompt to their students: “Love is … ” Students then filled in the blank with a line or, in some cases, a whole poem. Teachers from around the country submitted what their students wrote; NPR received more than 2,000 entries. Alexander read through them and created one big love poem.

Listen to the poem, as heard on NPR:

 



 




C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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