By Marilyn Nelson

A Coretta Scott King and Printz honor publication now in paperback. A Wreath for Emmett until eventually is "A relocating elegy," says The Bulletin.

In 1955 humans everywhere in the usa knew that Emmett Louis until eventually used to be a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white girl in Mississippi. The brutality of his homicide, the open-casket funeral held by way of his mom, Mamie until eventually Mobley, and the acquittal of the lads attempted for the crime drew extensive media recognition. In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose destiny helped spark the civil rights circulate.

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The third part, what I call "the lesson," uses plenty of orange and yellow-for hope. Ellipses overlap here, fusing black and white within one's own consciousness, reflecting the contrasting forces present in the poem-subtle and brutal, ideal and destructive. A Wreath For Emmett Till challenges us to recognize these forces within ourselves, our cultures, our governments, and the way we treat our environment. I have tried to illustrate this challenge and the poem's assurance that by bringing to light the hidden forces behind our actions, we can change the world.

N. TO ARIANE. F. THE AUTHOR WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS HER DEEP GRATITUDE TO THE J. S. GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION FOR A FELLOWSHIP, AND TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE, WHICH FREED HER FROM A YEAR OF TEACHING SO THAT SHE COULD WRITE. Text copyright © 2005 by Marilyn Nelson Illustrations copyright © 2005 by Philippe Lardy All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003.

Let me wander through pathless woods, beneath the choirs of small birds trumpeting their powers at the intruder trampling through their bowers, disturbing their peace. I cling to the faith that innocence lives on, that a blind soul can see again. That miracles do exist. In my house, there is still something called grace, which melts ice shards of hate and makes hearts whole. I bear armloads of flowers home, to twist into a circle: trillium, Queen Anne's lace... Trillium, apple blossoms, Queen Anne's lace, woven with oak twigs, for sincerity...

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