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You Don’t Have to Be Everything


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What good is poetry?

Poetry awakens your inner world and makes al or feeling come alive. Poetry lights up your imagination and brings you home to yourself. 

The poets in this collection write about the wonder, pain , joy, and confusion of being human right now. They speak directly to you, using images that electrify, affirming that you are strong and complicated and worth of love, and that you don't need to apologize your being yourself, ever.

Collected with girls in mind, these poems sing of diversity, self-discovery, and self-acceptance. They include a rang e of voices like award winner Elizabeth Acevedo, grand matriarchs Maya Angelou and Mary Oliver, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, and many more. 

Grouped by emotional experiences- such as loneliness, longing, attitude, rage, and belonging, these poems give you permission to let go of shame and perfectionism . They urge you to accept your own contradictions and embrace the fullness of who you are- and who you are becoming.

Product Details

  • Recommended for mature readers - use of adult language, and discussion of mature topics such as sexuality
  • Edited by Dianna Whitney
  • Illustrations by Cristina Gonzalez, Kate Mockford, and Stephanie Singleton
  • 176 pages
  • Recommended reading age: 14+