Roses are Read is an eclectic collection of poems that express the struggles and stages of teenage existence. From first kiss to first heartbreak, awkward moments to awkward stages, and broken lies to broken cries, Roses are Read illustrates what average (and not so average) teenagers experience every day and after. No one will understand the ups and downs of struggling to balance school, friendship, young love, disappointment, and learn to recognize yourself better than a teen. Get lost within the sad, twisted, and perplexed mind of a love struck adolescent trying to figure out what helps the heart beat and stops it from bleeding.
Roses are read. Violets are blown. Take me to a place, To a world unknown, Where the grass grows greener, Where the hurtful are perished, Where the hurting are healing, And the different are cherished, Where the hiding are unhidden And free to be free, Where the dying are protected And free to die young, Where the young aren’t forced To die young at all, Where the people are painted And the pictures are hung. Let the air blow through me And the dirt lie beneath me. Let the sky shine above me And the people all love me. Let me find my acceptance In this world in my head, Where the violets are blown And the roses are read.
About the Author:
Desiree Brown, now eighteen, has been writing since she was able to. When young, she wrote poems, lyrics, and short stories in her spare time and began her first fictional novel at age thirteen. She had also written short scripts for the performing arts department at her local YMCA and had seen them come to life on stage. Homeschooled for grades kindergarten through twelfth grade, she began college classes studying English and American Literature at the local community college at age fifteen. Now enrolled in a four-year university, Desiree is currently working on her degree in English and minor in Creative Writing. She continues writing to speak out to other adolescents and young adults and looks forward to having a long standing career in writing poems as well as short stories and fictional novels.
The poetry in Roses are Read by Desiree Brown is raw and pulsing. The verses are saturated with emotion, gripped with strife and anguish, and dripping with tears. This poetry is, in a word, powerful.
Nearly each poem in this book deals with, in one way or another, the trauma and stress of romance, whether one-sided, mutual, or abruptly ended. The book deals with falling in love, being in love, breaking up, and all the emotions that come from the possibility of a relationship. Though I’d say that the majority of the poems in the book have some romantic element, the rest of the poems express other struggles typical of teens. Bullying, depression, not fitting in, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, anger, jealousy, angst, and general frustration are among the topics covered.
As I stated earlier, the poetry is raw. Expletives are used in several of the poems, so please keep that in mind when approaching this book for your teen. However, if you don’t mind the expletives, I think this book would be a great way for homeschoolers to spark an interest in poetry, as this book is very well-written and quite captivating. It is, by far, the best poetry I have read and I felt myself drawn into the book–and I’ve never been one to enjoy poetry. Perhaps this could serve well as a resource in a unit study on poetry.
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1504949412
- ISBN-13: 978-1504949415
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
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