“As a child I always thought that poets were white. And of course it goes without saying that every poetry I read as a child was written by either an English or an American.”
This book is timely now more than ever. Since its recent publication, our world has become even more violent. Children are struggling every day to understand what is happening. In a time of life when there should be security and hope, they are surrounded by danger and despair. Moreover, let me emphasize Fareed’s point here about how crucial it is for children to hear their own voice speaking to them. We must emphasize teaching more than the outrageously anachronistic white canon. We must listen to other voices, the voices of the here and now, if literature is to continue to have any relevance in our lives.