Coverart for item
The Resource Say her name, Zetta Elliott ; illustrated by Loveis Wise

Say her name, Zetta Elliott ; illustrated by Loveis Wise

Label
Say her name
Title
Say her name
Statement of responsibility
Zetta Elliott ; illustrated by Loveis Wise
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poems pay tribute to victims of police brutality as well as the activists [championing the] Black Lives Matter [cause]."--
Member of
Storyline
Tone
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 7–10—Elliott describes herself as a writer of poetry, but not a poet. When she learned that some of her students were unfamiliar with the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, she introduced them to the poetry of black women. In her own life, Elliott has often responded to violence and pain through the act of writing. These poems represent her response to victims of violence and racial discrimination, among other atrocities that black Americans have suffered. It is also her way to give a voice to black people who have lived through these circumstances. Some poems include provocative language and situations that may be best read and discussed with adult guidance. For example, the poem "Mouse" describes a street smart girl who gets into a physical altercation and "took one look at the blood/drippin from her friends scalp/pulled out her knife and jabbed him/just like I taught her." Many of the poems echo writers like Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, and Nikki Giovanni; a few of the poets' writings are included in this collection. Titles such as "Black Girl Miracle," "Self-Care," and "Black Lives Matter" pay homage to the strength and power of black girls and women while offering empowerment. Elliott's poetry also encourages readers to act when confronted with injustice, whether through marching or campaigning or responding through writing. VERDICT This collection is inspirational, uplifting, and encouraging for readers of all genders. Elliott may not think of herself as a poet, but her creativity and deft wielding of rich language prove otherwise.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH --Carol Connor (Reviewed 12/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 11, p101)
  • A collection of poems centering the experiences of black women, girls, and femmes. Elliott (Dragons in a Bag, 2018, etc.) offers up a poetic love letter exploring a vast range of topics: Black Lives Matter; microaggressions such as hair touching; violence against black women and girls; the Middle Passage; what self-care and resistance can look like; not fitting into prescribed definitions of blackness; and surviving in the U.S. (a country where, echoing Audre Lorde's "A Litany for Survival," she writes, "...you are a miracle / because we were never / meant to survive / not as human beings / yet despite their best efforts / to grind us down / still we rise / we strut / dazzle / & defy the odds..."). It's clear that Elliott poured not only her talent, but her heart into this collection, which acknowledges race-wide struggles as well as very personal ones. True to the title, several poems allude to black women and young people who have been murdered, though, disappointingly, black trans women are largely absent. Elliott includes a sprinkling of mentor poems that served as inspiration to her and that form an introduction to readers unfamiliar with the poets' works (though why Phillis Wheatley's ode to internalized anti-blackness "On Being Brought From Africa to America" was included without context isn't clear). Art not seen. This empowering collection belongs on every shelf. (notes) (Poetry. 12-adult) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2019)
Assigning source
Publisher marketing
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10832685
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Elliott, Zetta
Dewey number
811/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3605.L463
LC item number
A6 2020
Literary form
poetry
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 10
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Wise, Loveis
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Poems to empower
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Young adult poetry, American
  • African American women
  • African American girls
  • African American women
  • African American girls
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Say her name, Zetta Elliott ; illustrated by Loveis Wise
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
2019002971
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
83 pages
Isbn
9781368045247
Lccn
2019002971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1084621478
Label
Say her name, Zetta Elliott ; illustrated by Loveis Wise
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
2019002971
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
83 pages
Isbn
9781368045247
Lccn
2019002971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1084621478

Library Locations

    • Carver BranchBorrow it
      1161 Angelina St., Austin, TX, 78702, US
      30.2695584 -97.7240278
    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701, US
      30.2713021 -97.7460168
    • Milwood BranchBorrow it
      12500 Amherst Dr, Austin, TX, 78727, US
      30.4223444 -97.7161692
    • Manchaca Road BranchBorrow it
      5500 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX, 78745, US
      30.2166039 -97.79733689999999
    • Ruiz BranchBorrow it
      1600 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX, 78741, US
      30.2298616 -97.7070109
Processing Feedback ...