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Part V-Author's Note

In a series of autobiographical poems, Jacqueline Woodson vividly brings her childhood and adolescence to life. This memoir in verse won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Newbery Honor Award.

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  1. blur
    make dim or indistinct
    After Daddy dies
    spring blurs into summer
    then winter comes on too cold and fast
  2. gravity
    the force of attraction between all masses in the universe
    Counting, Ten, twenty, thirty, forty deep into the winter until one afternoon gravity releases me and my feet fly free in the ropes, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety . . .
  3. dangle
    hang freely
    We let them dangle from our mouths and look at each other through slitted eyes then laugh at how grown-up we can be how beautiful.
  4. destiny
    the ultimate agency predetermining the course of events
    Everything happens for a reason, my mother says. Then tells me how Kay believed in fate and destiny—everything that ever happened or was going to happen couldn't ever be avoided.
  5. fate
    the ultimate agency predetermining the course of events
    No accidents, my mother says. Just fate and faith and reasons.
  6. don
    put on clothes
    Before Dominican daughters donned quinceanera dresses and walked proudly down Bushwick Avenue--
    Before young brown boys in cutoff shorts spun their first tops and played their first games of skelly on Bushwick Streets—
    Before any of that, this place was called Boswijck,
    settled by the Dutch
    and Franciscus the Negro, a former slave who bought his freedom.
  7. afford
    have the financial means to do something or buy something
    Those who could afford to own their freedom
    lived on the other side of the wall.
    And now that place is called Wall Street.
  8. defend
    protect against a challenge or attack
    On the TV screen a woman
    named Angela Davis is telling us
    there's a revolution going on and that it's time
    for Black people to defend themselves.
  9. organization
    a group of people who work together
    We dream of running away to California to join the Black Panthers the organization Angela is a part of.
  10. holler
    call out loudly
    We sing the song along with them
    stand on the bases of lampposts and scream,
    Say it loud: I'm Black and I'm proud
    until my mother hollers from the window,
    Get down before you break your neck.
  11. revolution
    a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking
    Don't wait for your school to teach you, my uncle says, about the revolution. It's happening in the streets.
  12. carousel
    a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride
    When I hear the word revolution
    I think of the carousel with all those beautiful horses
    going around as though they'll never stop and me choosing the purple one each time, climbing up onto it and reaching for the golden ring, as soft music plays.
  13. feminist
    a supporter of equal rights for women
    She is a feminist, she tells us
    and thirty fifth-grade hands bend into desks
    where our dictionaries wait to open yet another
    world to us.
  14. shack
    small crude shelter used as a dwelling
    And then my own pencil moving late into the evening:
    In big fine houses lived the whites
    in little old shacks lived the blacks
    but the blacks were smart
    in fear they took no part.
  15. recite
    repeat aloud from memory
    And standing in front of the class
    taking my poem from her
    my voice shakes as I recite the first line:
    Black brothers, Black sisters, all of them were great . . .
  16. evolution
    sequence of events involved in the development of a species
    I believe in God and evolution.
  17. nonviolence
    peaceful resistance to a government
    I believe in nonviolence and "Power to the People."
  18. refuse
    show unwillingness towards
    I believe in my mother on a bus and Black people refusing to ride.
  19. explode
    burst and release energy as through a violent reaction
    And you know, even as the world explodes around you—that you are loved . . .
  20. flood
    become filled to overflowing
    When I first began to write Brown Girl Dreaming, my childhood memories of Greenville came flooding back to me—small moments and bigger ones, too.
  21. etch
    cause to stand out or be clearly defined or visible
    Still, it felt as though each of them was with me—they're all deeply etched now, into memory.
  22. genealogy
    the study or investigation of ancestry and family history
    And even though I was only a baby when we lived there, I have the gift of my amazing aunt Ada Adams, who is a genealogist and our family historian.
  23. continuum
    an extent in which no part is distinct from adjacent parts
    I know now my stories are part of a continuum—my aunt is a storyteller. So were my mom and my grandmother.
  24. complicated
    difficult to analyze or understand
    I think my life was very complicated and very rich.
  25. ordinary
    lacking special distinction, rank, or status
    Looking back on it, I think my life was at once ordinary and amazing.
Created on December 2, 2015 (updated September 28, 2018)

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