Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems (by John Grandits):
Then, I sat down and really examined the poems. The first one was “Bad Hair Day.” The words come out of a head, appearing as a crazy mess. The narrative poem captures well the adolescent female’s voice, with hyperbole and humor. Next, I was drawn to “Girls, We Have the Solution!” This witty poem is set up as an advertisement. It effectively depicts common insecurities of young girls, insightfully and humorously. Also, “Pep Rally” is memorable. There is a traditional free verse poem at the top accompanying a concrete poem describing cheerleaders through the speaker’s perspective.
All the poems are written through the perspective of a young high school girl. She grows and changes through the poems. For instance, in “The Wall” she sees most the people in her life as on “The Other Side.” In other words, they are against her. However, in “The Wall (Revisited)” positioned toward the end of the book, she becomes more reflective and acknowledges more people as on her side.
Blue Lipstick is a memorable and engaging book of poems. I recommend it for ages 13 and up.