Poetry Friday: Carole Boston Weatherford


Today will be an exciting day at my school. One of my fifth grade classes will have a SKYPE interview with Carole Boston Weatherford, author of Birmingham, 1963. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of this event, Weatherford has offered SKYPE visit around the country.

So in honor of her visit with us and an upcoming interview with me, I am sharing just one poem from Birmingham, 1963.

The history of 1963 Birmingham is depicted in evocative words from a ten year old narrator. Many lines start with, “The year I was ten…” Which add a rhythm to the story.
Black and white photos from the various events in Birmingham intensify the narrative.


The last pages of the book feature four poems about the four girls who lost their lives on September 15, 1963. Here’s one:

Addie Mae Collins

Who sold her mama’s handmade aprons
And pot holders door-to-door after school.
Who drew portraits, pitched underhand,
Like hopscotch and bright colors,
And wore her short hair pressed and curled.
The seventh of eight children
Who was the peacemaker
When her brothers and sisters argued.
Addie Mae, who sang in the choir
And starched a white dress for church.

Please return on November 13 for an interview with Carole Boston Weatherford and on November 15 for one of her poems.

Poetry Friday is at Teacher Dance. Thank you, Linda.

Happy poetry.
Happy reading.