Time for Childhoods
Young Poets and Questions of Agency
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
Time for Childhoods presents a selection of striking twentieth-and twenty-first-century American poetry written by young people, and highlights how young poets imagined and shaped time for their own poetic purposes. Through close engagement with archival materials, as well as select interviews and correspondence with adult mentors, Conrad discerns how young writers figured social realities and political and racial injustices, and discusses what important advocates such as Gwendolyn Brooks and June Jordan can teach us about supporting the agency of young poets. This essential study demonstrates that young poets have much to contribute to ongoing conversations about time and power.
"Well researched, clearly written, and bracingly original, Time for Childhoods is a model of interdisciplinary scholarship. I read it with excitement and delight."—Angela Sorby, author of Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1865–1917
"A groundbreaking study of children’s writing. This book will be widely read and discussed by all who are engaged with childhood studies."—Richard Flynn, professor of English, Georgia Southern University