The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is wondrous. Xiomara stands on her stage and demands that her readers listen to her message–it’s not easy for young Latina women finding their voices in this world, but they should never doubt that they’ve been equipped with everything they need in their hearts and souls to conquer every obstacle.
Xiomara’s poetry is vibrant, full of pain, and begging to be heard. Her uncertainty when it comes to sharing her art is something that all creators will understand in their very cores as they read this, especially young women of color. In so many ways, families, faith, and friends hold us back or make us hesitate when it comes to who we are truly meant to be. The little snippets of color and power that lie in Xiomara’s words will bring hope to those who see a parallel in her story. The characters and setting that intersect with and surround her are warm, infuriating, joyful, and as familiar as everyday life.
“I look and feel like a myth. A story distorted, waiting for others to stop and stare.”
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers…
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