Poem Share #5: Zetta Elliott Presents "Everyday Use"

POEM SHARE: Children's poets from across the county presenting their favorite poems for Poetry Month and beyond!

Zetta Elliott explains how the way we use our eyes, minds, hearts, and feet everyday can lead to justice in her poem "Everyday Use." Watch Zetta Elliott's Poem Share here.  Then check out HOP TO IT: Poems to Get You Moving by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, an anthology of 100 poems by 90 poets with interwoven themes of movement, the pandemic, and social justice.

Zetta Elliott has many more poetry book books to inspire and empower kids, including A Place Inside of Me, a poem about the Black child who explores his shifting emotions throughout the year, and Say Her Name, a collection of poems celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black woman and girls. 

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  1. Beautiful and inspiring! Thank you, Zetta.

  2. Lovely and full of insight! Bravo, Zetta!

  3. Lovely and full of insight! Bravo, Zetta!

  4. Zetta, your video did not show up, but congratulations on your NCTE Notable Poetry honor for A PLACE INSIDE OF ME!

    1. Joan, to see Zetta's poem, you need to click the link that says "HERE" as it is hosted on her website.


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