Teaching, editing, writing, re-writing, and polishing the poetry of these young poets has touched me with a smiling enchantment for the genuine quality of their finished poems. These student poets have worked hard and earned every right to be called “published poets.” Many of them have won local awards for their work and will read before the Mayor of Maui County.
These girls, still in their early teenage years, continuously raise the bar and surprise all who read their work with their maturity and depth. In class, I am always happily confronted with the solid basic talent they exude. Many demonstrate a talent that has the potential of growing to greatness in their adult lives. Who knows but one day one of these girls may become a Pulitzer Prize winner or Poet Laureate!
Their inspiration is found in the universal themes of freedom, friendship and young blooming love, but they also dare to tackle the injustice and the hardships of the society we live in today.
This book is a must read for everyone who works with, lives with, or cares about young people. It gives all of us a good feeling about the positive attitude of this generation and renewed hope for the future.