I have recently bought Elizabeth Acevedo’s newest book, Inheritance. Its is kind of like Jason Reynolds’s For Every One, which is a poem in book form. It’s a small book but man is it filled with some gems. Want to know more of what I thought of this book? Read on to find out.
In her most famous spoken-word poem, author of the Pura Belpré-winning novel-in-verse The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo embraces all the complexities of Black hair and Afro-Latinidad–the history, pain, pride, and powerful love of that inheritance. Paired with full-color illustrations by artist Andrea Pippins in a format that will appeal to fans of Mahogany L. Browne’s Black Girl Magic or Jason Reynolds’s For Everyone, this poem can now be read in a vibrant package, making it the ideal gift, treasure, or inspiration for readers of any age.
My review is short and sweet like the book. It is legit one poem! However, it is beautiful. I love the stunning artwork. I love the message behind it. I think everyone should buy it! I wish I can say more but its just really pretty and I love the message of self-love and accepting who you are.
The part that made me chuckle a bit is when she talked about people being told that the Dominicans at the Dominican salon can really straighten hair and that’s the main reason why I started going to the Dominican hair salon. I hate my natural hair texture and rocking a fro or natural hairstyles. It’s just not my thing. One line says “Why would you date a black man” and again I felt that because again my preference for dating is not black. I’m not against black love but it’s just not for me. I also loved the line “I let my curtain of curls blanket us from the world”. That line just feels so warm and comforting.
I gave the book 4/5 stars. It’s great for all ages and would be a wonderful addition to add to your library. It’s also great for Afro-Latinx folk as well. Again, representation matters!
What book of poetry did you enjoy? Who are some of your favorite poets?
Title: Inheritance: a visual poem
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publication Date: May 3, 2022
Buy it here: Bookshop.org