Sara Holbrook author/poet/educator

Poetry takes you places...

Poetry takes you places you can’t ever say you’ve never been before again.

Reading and writing poetry helps me understand my life, the world, and the people I care about. Whether I am writing funny or serious poems, writing poetry helps me see what's true.

Poetry is “the labeling of sighs”
How to Write a Love Poem

“Niceness is worth defending with ferocity.”
The Enemy


“Let your poetry out!”

Wham! It’s a Poetry Jam


“Those other girls aren’t me. I’m not your property.”

More Than Friends (with co-author Alan Wolf)


Love. “When I give a piece away, it always comes back home.”

By Definition, Poems of Feelings

New Book!

The Enemy

Set in 1954, this compelling historical novel tells the story of a young girl’s struggles and triumphs in the aftermath of World War II. The war is over, but the threat of communism and the Cold War loom over the United States. In Detroit, Michigan, twelve-year-old Marjorie Campbell struggles with the ups and downs of family life, dealing with her veteran father’s unpredictable outbursts, keeping her mother’s stash of banned library books a secret, and getting along with her new older “brother,” the teenager her family took in after his veteran father’s death. When a new girl from Germany transfers to Marjorie’s class, Marjorie finds herself torn between befriending Inga and pleasing her best friend, Bernadette, by writing in a slam book that spreads rumors about Inga. Marjorie seems to be confronting enemies everywhere—at school, at the library, in her neighborhood, and even in the news. In all this turmoil, Marjorie tries to find her own voice and figure out what is right and who the real enemies actually are. Includes an author’s note and bibliography.

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Why I Would Never Tell a Student What a Poem Means

 

Why I Would Never Tell a Student What a Poem Means. (reprinted from the Washington Post, April 13, 2017)
 
 
Seems fitting that April is poetry month, a season brimming with blossoming possibilities and longer days. Like jolly jonquils, in April poets are released from our winter hibernation, we shed our black attire

 

Poem/Letter to Someone 50 Years From Now

Following the lead of poet Matthew Olzmann, I decided to try my hand at a poem/letter to someone fifty years from now.  As I did some calculations, that turns out to be exactly 100 years from the year I graduated from high school. Since it is unlikely I will live to see 2067, I left

 

The Enemy Trailer

 

Spring! Waltzing through Poetry Month

 

The Enemy, Detroit 1954 Book Launch at Shanghai American School Pudong

Today I gave my first book talk about The Enemy. Exciting, but so weird. I am used to doing book talks sprinkled with poetry. How I came to write this one, what annoyed me enough to write that one. The explanations follow the poem. Everyone in the audience is familiar with the text because

 

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