This March, the 10th anniversary of Speak (10th Anniversary Edition) by Laurie Halse Anderson will be released. I can’t believe it has been ten years since it was first published. I remember reading Speak back in high school, when it was first published! I keep meaning to reread it, but it never seems to make it to the top of my pile. But this weekend I promise to get to it! What has moved me to grab it once again? Reading this poem, by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Laurie wrote the first and last stanzas, but the rest of the poem is composed of lines from letters and emails that she has received from readers over the years. It is extremely powerful.