I love when a book introduces me to a place or concept or idea that sends me to the stacks on a research expedition. The most recent young adult novel to send me on such a journey was Graffiti Moon.
I love art and poetry, but when I first read Graffiti Moon, I wasn’t familiar with all of the artists and specific pieces that are mentioned in the text, and I was curious enough to investigate. Since I know this novel is nearly universally loved by those who have read it, I figured others would be interested. When I looked at the search terms that bring people to the blog, I learned I was right. I couldn’t find the artists and poets and works of art mentioned in the book listed anywhere. I thought about just doing a post full of links, but then I realized that it would be a huge undertaking.
There’s only a couple posts right now, but I’ve got tons queued up and ready to go. If you love art, poetry, and Graffiti Moon, check it out.