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What is the biggest advantage of writing in this form? The biggest challenge or limitation? I never planned to write a verse novel, but I tried for years to write The Poet Slave of Cuba in prose, and it never worked. When I shifted to verse, it began to flow. At that point, I fell in love with the form, and I have never returned to prose. For me, one of the most treasured aspects of a verse novel is the unstated. I feel as if I can say a great deal about history simply by omitting facts and figures in favor of emotions.

Could you share the titles of some of your own favorite verse novels that have inspired you and that you would recommend to young readers. Witness has so many voices, all describing one incident from different points of view. Margarita, thank you so much for your insights and recommendations and, most of all, for your books! Thank you! How enchanting! Sign up at the bottom of the page. All rights reserved. Another treasure of a post, Renee. Many thanks to Margarita for her generous work, insights, and inspiration.

I learned so much from it! A double dollop of wonder today. Thank you for this amazing interview. I heartily second the suggestion for Diamond Willow. Helen used examples from that book that she had just finished working on at he time when I took a workshop from her.

It is beautiful! We need more books, especially lyrical ones, about deep social issues and strong women. Enjoyed every word of this rich, insightful, beautiful post. So glad you decided to interview Margarita again about her verse novels! So many wonderful novels-in-verse! Thanks for a lovely post packed with so much information and insight, Renee! Thanks Renee and Margarita for another wonderful post.

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I look forward to reading The Lightening Dreamer. Renee — thanks for the poetry and the history. I am a huge Margarita Engle and have read all of her verse novels. They are wonderful, and unforgettable. I am also a fan of novels in verse and wanted to tell you about some by Canadian authors that you may not have seen yet. I could go on….

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Thanks so much for this lovely post, Renee. Thank you for chiming in with the Canadian authors, Sally!


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Well done, Margarita! And thanks for your post, Renee! She gave several wonderful presentations and it was such an honor to meet her. I also have a copy of The Lightning Dreamer sent by Margarita and I am hoping to get to it very soon. Have you read her Hurricane Dancers yet? I fell in love with that one too. In your interview with her, this is what I found to be particularly striking:. We did a feature on novels-in-verse a few years back and I do have a few favourites.

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

Do check out the following too: 1. Hurricane Dancers by Margarita Engle 3. Engle describes her love for Cuba as stemming not only from her personal connection to the island and its people, but also because of her relationship with her great grandmother who grew up in the s on the island. Engle has a special ability to bring to life the outdoor landscape so important to her books, in addition to the wonderful characters she bases off real life, or creates.

Her appreciation and connection with the outdoors even inspires her to write her poetry in the wilderness, free from distractions of the modern world.