Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Edited by Brett Fletcher Lauer & Lynn Melnick
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
One hundred poems by a diverse cross-section of young American poets delivers a wide variety of human experience. This collection touches on a range of subjects, many of them uncomfortable, brutally intimate, and totally unapologetic. With evocative, symbolic, and sarcastic language, these poets saturate the pages with their hearts and minds. If you find some that particularly resonate with you, short biographies and personal Q&As are included at the rear of the book.
Please Excuse This Poem is an eclectic collection of poetry laid out with a very minimalistic presentation: each poem on its own page(s) without any accompanying images or context. As with all poetry, each piece stands alone and affects readers differently. While there is no overarching theme to the work, sex, anger, teenage angst and love all feature prominently, making this a more mature read.
*Contains moderate language, sexual content, and violence.