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Bringing together all of Viorst's best-loved poetry, this collection includes many of the poet's previously out-of-print favorites....

Title : When Did I Stop Being 20 and Other Injustices: Selected Poems from Single to Mid-Life
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ISBN : 9780671643287
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 101 Pages
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When Did I Stop Being 20 and Other Injustices: Selected Poems from Single to Mid-Life Reviews

  • Emily
    2018-12-27 09:04

    What is it about Viorst? Every time I sit down with a book of her poetry, planning just to read "a few for now," I end up reading the whole thing. I think it's just that she's so real. she tells it exactly like it is, admitting her flaws while helping us see that we all go through similar experiences. And she does it through poetry, which is refreshing.

  • Mandy Nelson
    2019-01-13 08:27

    I found this book in a thrift store and had never heard of it. I read it several years ago, lent it to a friend and never got it back. I have no idea where she is now. I've always wished I still had a copy. It's a really funny, easy book to read that makes you think about where you are in life. All of this review is based on my memories of how it made me feel at the time I was reading it. I need to track down another copy and re-read it. I think all of my friends would enjoy it, though.

  • Dolly
    2019-01-06 06:17

    Though quite dated, this is a fun look at the maturation process in women; discovering that what once was fun, what once was a priority, is no longer the case. Dating, getting married, having children and discovering that the world is a much different place than it appeared in your youth is truly an awakening that troubles many of us. I think that these poems offer somewhat of a timeless observation of this age. And I love that Judith Viorst created poetry books for every decade of an adult woman's life. I've already read Unexpectedly Eighty: And Other Adaptations, I'm Too Young To Be Seventy: And Other Delusions, Suddenly Sixty And Other Shocks Of Later Life, Forever Fifty, How Did I Get to Be 40 & Other Atrocities, and It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty. While this book seems to have several poems that are repeated in subsequent editions, I really liked them all. I certainly hope she writes a book about the nineties!

  • Jill
    2019-01-05 05:59

    As I read these poems to myself (often out loud), I hardly encountered a poem that didn't make me smile, laugh, reflect, and occasionally wince. Judith Viorst's first-person poems are as insightful, self-deprecating, and poignant as they are funny, and I will definitely return to these them. I also should spend more time examining John Alcorn's whimsical drawings that accompany each poem.Several of Viorst's poetry books focus on a single decade, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to read this book, since it contains selections from several decades.The major downside of this book? The physical difficulty in reading it, since the left margin of the poetry text extends practically into the book binding. Hopefully her other books of poems are not so cheaply put together.

  • Rebecca A
    2018-12-20 10:04

    Interesting reading this 30 years after it's written and its still relevant today. Reading about the thoughts and aspirations of the early 20s and that air of thinking how worldly you are in a humorous way.

  • Victoria
    2019-01-16 09:15

    Judith is one of my favorite authors and my favorite poet. Her style of telling a whole story in just a few lines of prose is so clever.This book has my favorite poem by her. It's called "Money" and if you have never read it I suggest you go right now - GO - and read it.

  • Kim
    2019-01-15 06:22

    I may have to give this book to all my girlfriends for Xmas. Poems about women finding themselves in an unexpected world of adulthood, husbands, and dreams blown off course. Wryly funny and terribly apt, even though the newest poem was written more than 20 years ago. Outstanding.

  • Samantha Grabelle
    2018-12-17 05:06

    So funny and charming.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-12 06:00

    I did not enjoy this book as much as some of Viorst's other "age related" series. There were a few cute poems, but the rest felt dry.

  • Patti
    2018-12-29 08:00

    Uplifting and relatable. Great for when you need a belly laugh!

  • Emily Slutsky
    2018-12-29 03:28

    Wonderful satirical poetry.

  • Karen-Leigh
    2018-12-27 04:16

    Hilarious and true to life poetry. Uncomplicated and very much enjoyed.