Harlem by Walter Dean Myers
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A poem celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem.
 

About Walter Dean Myers

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Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults. His award-winning body of work includes SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH, FALLEN ANGELS, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, JAZZ, HARLEM SUMMER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Scholastic Trade. 30 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this Whitman-esque ode to time and the city, the “crazy quilt patterns” of Harlem are reflected in the voices of the neighborhood’s “big-time people and its struggling folk,” of little girls and blind old veterans, poets and mechanics, boxers and nannies, ballplayers and blues singers, laborer...

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Provisionally adopted by The Crisis’s literary editor, Miss Jessie Fauset, Mark attends Alfred Knopf’s elegant party, which serves up illegal liquor (like the rent parties uptown) and music that gets a little too hot.

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Christopher Myers sets his scenes to match the streets, fire escapes, jazz clubs, and kitchens of Harlem, and makes them by turns starkly stylized as an Egyptian mask or sweet as a stained glass window.

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The mobilization of the 15th—now the 369th—Infantry in France is similarly plagued with narrative snags, only occasionally offering up stories of bravery in combat that illustrate the courage of these men who fought to “make the world safe for democracy,” even as they lived in most undemocratic c...

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This heartfelt tribute captures the many moods of Harlem, bringing to life a very real urban community steeped in cultural history. Myers begins his poem with the words Harlem was a promise/ Of a be

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Johnson, a Dance Theater of Harlem luminary, was joined by two fellow alumni, Paunika Jones and Tanya Wideman-Davis (who also choreographed), and Ashley Murphy, a member of the company’s Dancing Through Barriers ensemble.

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In nearly 60 poems, Myers (145th Street ) treats readers to a tour of Harlem's past and present, its hopes and fears, through the voices of narrators young and old.

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When Fats offers Mark a way to make some fast cash, he feels funny about it ("You didn't make no five dollars in one night unless you were doing something a little on the shady side") but agrees, hoping he can parlay it into a chance to jam with Fats.

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But there is sadness too-a ""fleet of funeral cars"" or ""endless depths of pain/ Singing a capella on the street corners."" Throughout, the past overlays the present, like a legacy passed down (""A journey on the A train/ That started on the banks of the Niger/ And has not ended"").

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Myers's vivid poem creates a kaleidoscopic journey through Harlem's past and present.

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