Leave This Song Behind by John Meyer
Teen Poetry at Its Best

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It's been 10 years since the last book in the Teen Ink series Written in the Dirt was published. Now, a whole new batch of teen writers has emerged with their own unique voices. Leave This Song Behind features the best poetry submitted by those writers to Teen Ink over the last five years.

The pieces in this book were chosen because they were so powerful that they stood out from the rest. Teen Ink editors took a deep look into each poem's strengths then divided Leave This Song Behind into seven sections based on the poetic techniques or qualities that moved them most. Vivid sensory details made some poems shine; others caught their attention with simple, sparse language. Still others were chosen because of their thoughtful use of form; compelling stories; strong figurative language; unexpected connections and wit; and fresh writing about familiar topics.

Dig in and let these brave young voices capture your heart and mind with their passion, their pain, and their amazing poetry!


About John Meyer

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John Meyer, MBA, is publisher of two successful business magazines including Teen Ink—a magazine written for teens by teens. He is also the creator of the widely recognized Teen Ink series. Popular titles include Teen Ink: What Matters, Teen Ink: Friends and Family, and Written in the Dirt. He and his wife Stephanie have two children. To learn more visit www.TeenInk.com. Stephanie Meyer, editor of TeenInk Magazine for twenty-five years, holds masters' degrees in education and social work and has dedicated her life to the welfare of youth.  Emily Sperber is an editor for Teen Ink magazine. Heather Alexander is an editor for Teen Ink magazine.
Published April 26, 2016 by HCI. 216 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Gr 7 Up—In this noteworthy anthology, teenage poets explore age-old themes of love and loss, creativity, and self-awareness. Many of the entries are brief, but memorable wordplay and imagery can be found here, such as in Ariel Miller's "Clothesline": "Summer/Sighing across the silky surface of/Th...

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