""When you seek revenge, dig two graves."-Anonymous"
A poetry anthology for teens on a perennially important topic
Acclaimed anthologist and teacher Patrice Vecchione has put together an immensely powerful group of poems, all of which address the timeless and uniquely human desires for revenge and for forgiveness.
"The events of September 11th inspired this book. I wanted to create a tangible forum, a book to hold in our hands, to help frame and think not just about terrorism but about who we are as individuals and who we are as a country. It's been gestating in me for all this time. Finding these poems was like turning little lights on to illumine the dark. How can beauty be made out of ugliness and fear? Can it rise from ash?"-Patrice Vecchione.
"Vecchione's goal for this book, to help readers to see themselves and others more clearly, to guide them past pain to understanding, has been beautifully and intelligently reached."--School Library Journal, starred review
"[A]n accessible, stimulating, and timely collection."--Kirkus Reviews
"Without glib messages, the combination works, connecting conflict and empathy across the world and within the reader."--Booklist
"Eschewing the more usual themes of love, death, and basketball, Vecchione here brings together for young adults close to sixty poems on a theme that offers more latitude then one might expect. While the anthologist says in her introduction that the idea for the book was inspired by September 11th, most of the poems focus on more intimate moments of betrayal, and the book is better for it."--The Horn Book
"This collection of poems, centered around the titular themes, offers readers a wide array of insight into human nature."--VOYA