For Every One


Jason Reynolds explains in his introduction that he started writing ‘For Every One’ as a letter to himself, to ‘keep from quitting.’  However, in his personal address, we see how his feelings are those that we recognise. Then again, we’re inspired by his words for ourselves. In fact, throughout reading this small but mighty poem book, this Bookwagon reader was determined to gift this to many.

These words cheer, challenge and motivate. They are a call of force. Thereafter,  For Every One’ is a verse/ poem/ letter, an urgent call of resilience and purpose, necessary For Every One.’

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For Every One

Jason Reynolds

(Knights Of Media)

For Every One is a rallying call to our inner, dreaming voice. Jason Reynolds stirs us into action through his entreaty to listen, take stock and take time. He says his ‘dream/ won’t stop crying,/ screaming/ like a colicky infant.‘ Then again, he speaks about the ‘thumping insecurity‘ of his dream, yet the reality that he has to ‘jump anyway.‘ Somehow, through writing such a personal entreaty, this US laureate has gone beyond Poems to Live Your Life By, for example. In fact, this call is urgent!
It seems that for anyone crippled by fear, doubt, insecurity or indecision, which is ‘everyone’, this poetry book speaks.  In fact, as I read it, I was speaking aloud, reading back, taking note and thinking. Somehow, these words were personal to me, although I knew that others would recognise them too.
Thereafter, we are stirred, warmed and filled with a fuel to face the day. What’s more, in its introduction fuel. In the introduction, Jason Reynolds observes that dreams can seem ‘foolish‘, yet they’re ‘painfully undeniable.’
For Every One‘ is slight yet HUGE. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Altogether,  Bookwagon is fuelled by the fire of this magnificent poetic letter


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