Arnold Adoff

Arnold Adoff Poems

stay shut
food just

Dark Green This Afternoon
And They

From this bus
pulling away from the curb
I can stretch

In the center of each
c h o c o l a t e lump

Good For The Head
when you need more

The way I see any hope for later,
we will have to get
over this color

Arnold Adoff Biography

Arnold Adoff (born July 16, 1935, in Bronx, New York) is an American children's writer. In 1988, the National Council of Teachers of English gave Adoff the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. He has said, "I will always try to turn sights and sounds into words. I will always try to shape words into my singing poems." Adoff grew up in the South Bronx, the son of immigrants from a town near the Polish-Russian border. He enrolled in the Columbia University School of Pharmacy but transferred to City College of New York, where he received a B.A. in history and literature. He married Virginia Hamilton in 1960 and they lived in Europe briefly before moving back to New York City. Adoff taught social studies in Harlem and the Upper West Side of New York. Adoff and Hamilton eventually moved to Yellow Springs, Ohio, where Adoff still lives. "I began writing for kids because I wanted to effect a change in American society. I continue in that spirit. By the time we reach adulthood, we are closed and set in our attitudes. The chances of a poet reaching us are very slim. But I can open a child's imagination, develop his appetite for poetry, and more importantly, show him that poetry is a natural part of everyday life. We all need someone to point out that the emperor is wearing no clothes. That's the poet's job." --Arnold Adoff)

The Best Poem Of Arnold Adoff

My Mouth

stay shut
food just
a way
my tongue says
we are
full today
teeth just
come in
I am always hungry

Arnold Adoff Comments

Amy Li 24 March 2018

We are writing about him in my school YAY I am finally not the nerd who wants to know everything about people other people do to! ! ! Yeah

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M/@ 06 October 2021

I am in forth grade, doing essay on FAMOUS poets.(aka Valerie Worth, and father Arnold Adoff

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