Love to Langston
Medina often uses verse to define historical terms: “Jim Crow is a law / that separates white and black / making white feel better / and black feel left back.” Some selections move beyond biography to celebrate Hughes’ passions--jazz, literature, and the Harlem streets--and the sliding, syncopated beats and unexpected rhymes are reminiscent of spoken-word poetry. . . Teachers and students will welcome this creative effort.