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About the Book
Since 7th grade, poetry has been an outlet for me. It helps me navigate all of who I am and what I feel. In college, as I looked across all my pages and all the tears shed in blue ink, I realized I had a book in my hands; a compilation of all my secrets and wonderings. Blue Ink Tears is for those that understand what it is to live the beautiful struggle, and to offer insight to those that don't.
In this three-part bilingual poetry collection I tell stories about love, relationships, race, identity, and more. Written over the span of 20 years, you'll hear from teen Roberto all the way to adult me.
What People Are Saying:
Tanya Manning-Yarde, author & editor
Blue Ink Tears is a work of emotional beauty, historical awe, and nostalgic reminiscence. What you've compiled here is a collection of experiences, not just poems, that will make young readers think and dig deep.
Caroline Shaw, 9th Grade
This collection is beautifully written. It evokes emotion, sympathy, and shows a glimpse into his life, giving a true sense of personal connection with Roberto. I was able to relate with the struggles of growing up and finding who I am.
Kanaan Brown, 8th Grade
As an African American male, I connected to many of the poems in this book because they reflected personal moments that I have also experienced. I suggest this book to any young person, particularly youth of color who enjoy poetry. You won't be disappointed!
Melissa Smith, author of Teach Living Poets and The Norton Guide to AP Literature
Blue Ink Tears Invites us in with tenderness, opening with a tribute to the strength and unconditional love of the matriarchs in his family. As Roberto’s journey traverses from youthful desire to celebrating his hometown to the grief of losing a parent, we see him explore the complexities of masculinity and vulnerability. Interspersed with the excitement of a soulmate-kind of love, however, are more culturally-responsive poems that grapple with the effects of colonization and racism. Germán draws on the language and culture of his Dominican heritage to move toward justice and, ultimately, love.
Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Founder of Red Clay Educators
This is the kind of anthology that when you pick it up you immediately know exactly whose hands you need to get it into- someone with big feelings in need of reading the words of someone who recognizes their humanity.
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