Mora, Pat. (2010). Dizzy in your eyes. New York: Random House Inc. ISBN 9780375855368.
As a former junior high teacher, many parts of this book made me giggle. Adolescents spend a lot of their time and energy fixating on love, relationships, and acceptance. Dizzy In Your Eyes is a collection of fifty poems about just that. These aren’t just any love poems though; these poems expose readers to a variety of poetry structures sonnets and haikus. Hate free verse poetry? No problem. Mora’s writings are differentiated enough that all poetry fans can probably find something to enjoy in Dizzy In Your Eyes. In my opinion, one of the best things about this book is that it doesn’t just apply to one person or one small sect of society; these poems transcend boundaries and apply to youth as a whole. Additionally, while the book does feature poems using the Spanish language, they are not just for bilingual readers. Its versatility could make this book a poetry classic for young adults.
Award-winning poet, Pat Mora, did a beautiful job of writing and collecting love poems that touch a variety of emotions and aren’t overly sentimental or sappy. For example, the poem “Pressure” is about a young girl feeling pressured into becoming intimate with someone because he says she’ll do it for she loves him. Unfortunately, some young readers may know what this is like and it certainly evokes a feeling within but it is far from sappy. Each poem in Dizzy In Your Eyes features a familiar topic to its young readership, and the love topic of each poems shifts through varying stages like having a crush or falling out of love. This allows the book to have an emotional impact and be relatable to the audience. By doing this she was able to keep the attention of the target audience, young readers. For example, the poem “Dumped” is about the ending of a relationship and how someone can go from being so happy one minute to alone and questioning everything the next. Do the two people just stay friends? Was the entire relationship a lie? These questions are something the readers can understand and identify with, but Mora still finds ways to expose them to knew things.
Mora’s poems are written on the right hand page of the book, but often an explanation of the poetry style is featured on the left. I found this to be one of the best parts of the book. I loved learning about the poetry while I enjoyed the poem itself. In addition to that nifty feature, you can also have a Table of Contents, page numbers, and title headings to help you navigate through this lovely little book. I think this book is sure to be a favorite of young readers everywhere.