Saturday, October 15, 2011

Guest Post: Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong on P*TAG: an eBook for Teen Read Week

By Sylvia Vardell and Janet S. Wong
Photos by Sylvia Vardell

Who did we make P*TAG for?

P*TAG is for a girl who, like Marilyn Singer, sees a pier and hears "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay";

Or for a boy like Betsy Franco’s Ovid, who might drive on the beach some night thinking about a girl with piercings;

for Allan Wolf, who burps up kittens;

for Naomi Shihab Nye, who says:

            What if, instead of war,
            we shared our buckets
            of wind and worry?

P*TAG is for you if you are tired of aunts and uncles forever asking what you want to be when you grow up (David L. Harrison);

and for you if you can look at a crowd and see “spirits...being extracted from their bodies” (Lorie Ann Grover).

What are your wishes? Heidi Mordhorst asks: “What if there were a Come-True Tree somewhere?”

Do you have secrets?
            Random Buddhist manifestos.
            Tattoo designs.
            Erotic poetry.
                        (Tracie Vaughn Zimmer has mystery in her blood.)

P*TAG wants you to fall in love with a guitar player. (Kathi Appelt)

            If some night you walk down a street
            so deep inside a chorus of sad voices
            that you cannot--simply can’t--look up,
            and it all seems impossible,

            . . .

            Take another step,
                 a slow step, another,
                                    and another.

                                           (Helen Frost)

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Jeannine Atkins said...

Thanks for inviting these great guests, who made a poem out of poems and pictures. Wonderful!

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

Thanks, Jeannine! Janet and Sylvia are both formidable talents, champions for youth poetry, and really awesome people besides.

Janet Wong said...

Thank you for thinking of our post as a "poem," Jeannine! I'm excited about Teen Read Week!

--Janet (who wants to be known as a "Cynsations Champion" from now on)

Charles Waters said...

Thank you for allowing Sylvia and Janet to post on your blog Cynthia! It seems like your talk w/ Greg and Ed at SCBWI/Orlando was only yesterday instead of last year.

--Charles (Who will now only be addressed as "Cynsations Celebration" from this day forward.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Love this post, Janet. So beautiful. Thanks, Cyn. xox

Little Willow said...

Happy Teen Read Week, everyone!