I Lay My Stitches Down by Cynthia Grady
Poems of American Slavery

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This rich and intricate collection of poems chronicles the various experiences of American slaves. Drawn together through imagery drawn from quilting and fiber arts, each poem is spoken from a different perspective: a house slave, a mother losing her daughter to the auction block, a blacksmith, a slave fleeing on the Underground Railroad.

This moving and eloquent set of poems, brought to life by vivid and colorful artwork from Michele Wood, offers a timeless witness to the hardship endured by America’s slaves. Each poem is supplemented by a historical note.
 

About Cynthia Grady

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Cynthia Grady is a poet and a librarian at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. I Lay My Stiches Down will be her first published book. In her spare time, Cynthia quilts. Visit her website at www.cynthiagrady.com.Michele Wood is a painter, illustrator, designer, and writer. She received the American Book Award for her first book, Going Back Home, and the Coretta Scott King Award for the illustration in her book I See the Rhythm. Michele lives in Georgia. Visit her website at www.michelewood.com.
 
Published October 25, 2011 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 34 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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In the poems, each 10 lines with 10 syllables per line, the words and thoughts read seamlessly and build to heart-rending finales.

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Newcomer Grady’s compact poems about the lives of slaves cover an emotional range from gossamer (“Like the wren’s/ song, she hits the grace note just so”) to leaden (“drag my heart clean/ out of my chest”).

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I had in mind that idea of teaching different blocks, and I was thinking of Lucille Clifton’s Blessing the Boats, where she had poem titles named after traditional quilt blocks, and I thought that was cool.

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