Mora, Pat. 2010. Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 9780375945656
After the school play, you hugged me
and part of me wanted to stay inside your hugs
the way I used to, resting all safe in the arms
that held me in the beginning, knew me
before I did.
I pulled away and ran to talk and laugh
with my friends. I watched you
watching me move away.
What would people say
if I stayed inside your arms, and
anyway, what if I got stuck
in the warmth and never left?
What is love? Pat Mora’s Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love attempts to answer that. This unique collection explores all kinds of love with all types of poetry. Love for our families, our pets, and eventually a first love are all revealed through Mora’s collection.
When Pat Mora’s editor suggested she try various poetic forms, the resulting piece is one that not only gives readers relatable poetry, but also teaches students how to write these various forms. Mora’s poems are strong examples of various poetic forms: Tercet, Blank Verse, Tanka, Letter poem, Pantoum, Sestina, Villanelle, Sonnet, Cinquain, Anaphora, Acrostic, Triolet, Blues, Couplet, Lyric, Ode, and Song. Not only does Mora include these types of poems, she offers explanations of each kind alongside her piece of poetry .
Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love would be serve as an excellent inspiration for a class anthology. English teachers could have students in their class sign up for various each poetic form, making sure each poem reflects the stated theme.