Blue Lipstick

Blue Lipstick

Concrete Poems

Book - 2007
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A 15-year-old girl named Jessie voices typical--and not so typical--teenage concerns in this unique, hilarious collection of poems. Her musings about trying out new makeup and hairstyles, playing volleyball and cello, and dealing with her annoying younger brother are never boring or predictable. Who else do you know who designs her own clothes and writes poetry to her cat? Jessie's a girl with strong opinions, and she isn't shy about sharing them. Her funny, sarcastic take on high school life is revealed through concrete poetry: words, ideas, type, and design that combine to make pictures and patterns. The poems are inventive, irreverent, irresistible, and full of surprises--just like Jessie--and the playful layout and ingenious graphics extend the wry humor.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780618568604
Branch Call Number: YA 811 Gra


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JCLChrisK Dec 03, 2013

Dad said, "It's not easy to
be creative." And I thought
to myself, "You wouldn't
believe how creative I have
to be just to get through
the day." He said, "It's tough
being an artist. You've got
to struggle for years. People
often misunderstand your
work. You've got to be thick-
skinned because critics can
be cruel. You don't have any
money. And in many ways
you're really alone." And I said,
"It sounds like high school."

- from "Mondrian"
This is a companion book to Technically, It's Not My Fault that improves on the previous title. Since much of it applies, of that one I said:
"The concrete aspect is merely a bonus, as the words themselves convey excellent personality and voice. Each poem is a brief vignette from the life of eleven-year-old Robert, a peak inside his head. He's clever, sardonic, and snarky, someone who feels very real and familiar. His poems are expressions of his cleverness, sardonicism, and snarkiness. . . .
"The concrete form expresses the content with the same cleverness, dancing across the page in various ways depending on what is being represented. It's hard (in a good way) to even think of these as poems, as they come across more as graphic representations of thoughts.
"It's a quick read that I enjoyed greatly, and I'm already thinking of ways to share it with others."
This collection is from the voice of Robert's high-school-aged sister, Jessie, and her observations are even more pointed and poignant than Robert's. It succinctly and brilliantly captures many aspects of life as a high schooler.
I wish Grandits hadn't stopped with two collections.


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