Laurie Halse Anderson – Speak Poem



Over the past ten years, Laurie has received thousands and thousands of emails and letters from readers about how Speak has given them the courage to speak up. The first stanza of the poem and the last are Lauries words. Everything in the middle, all of the stanzas that start with the word YOU are words and phrases from letters that were sent to the author.

Laurie Halse Anderson (www.writerlady.com) is the author of the genre defining YA novel Speak. Speak was a National Book Award Finalist, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book for excellence in young adult literature, and was named a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal and Horn Book.

Speak Up About Speak at http://speakupaboutspeak.blogspot.com

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36 thoughts on “Laurie Halse Anderson – Speak Poem

  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    Teaching this book this semester to future educators who see the power of empowerment via voice!

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    This is my favorite book in whole world. I've read it over and over and I still love it. It never gets old.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    I read most of the posts however I feel that that is a quality video clip. My cousin simply wishes to get awesome with women of all ages. He studied alot from Master Attraction. (Google it if you want pretty good emails on picking up girls.) The support on picking up girls from nightclubs from Master Attraction got him his 1st lays in a few long yrs. I was really pissed though coz I heard them all. Grrrr.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    Speak is my favourite book. I've read it about 20 times and it always make me feel the same sadness and anxiety.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    Cont.: Laurie, you never cease to amaze me. Thank you for writing this book, this poem. Both were doubtless extremely difficult to write, but all of it needed to be said. Thank you for speaking. And thank you for listening. –Mel

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    This book changed my life. I read it over and over and over again my sophomore year of high school, coincidentally while I was dealing with a stalker who had graduated from my semi-brand-new high school. I identified with Speak on so many levels–the sense of violation, the pain of familial dysfunction, the feeling of being an outcast, since I am a person with a disability. Eventually, though, I found my voice, a facet of which manifested in poetry, in writing.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    I read speak for a book report in reading seminar. Amazing book! i have the stop motion of the making of the poster on my channel. I including quotes from the book. Let me know what you think. Thanks <3

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    Hats off to you. Anything that can encourage people to speak, without fear of judgement is to be applauded. Thank you and thanks to Melody who kindly shared.♥!

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    This just made me start bawling. I have to show this to my English teacher. I love this poem so effing much. <3

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    P.S. my class is going to analyze this to death….thats wht we did : /

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    This book is the best..it really made me think differntly about things, cause things like this happen everyday to those out there

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    I cried after reading the comments and then listening to the poem.
    Beautiful.
    Just heartrendingly beautiful.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    Sad. I've never been raped, but I have been Outcast. I could relate more to Wintergirls (I'm not, and I've never been anorexic but at certain points in my life I could seriously relate to it).

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    wow. it's amazing how much pain can be bottled in one poem.
    this is so powerful.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    @WordsCanOnlyDoHarm
    I read SPEAK for school and it made me physically sick, not in a bad way…well yes in a bad way, I mean like…I felt Malinda's pain…
    When IT was behind her, twirling her ponytail and she got up to puke I felt it…is it strange? It was a great book, one of the few that brought me in and smacked me everytime I didn't have my nose in it. Haha.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    This woman is amazing.
    She writes characters that I really recognize. They feel feelings that I recognize, that I've battled with, that so many of us have battled with. I wish I could hug her and thank her thank her thank her for giving us all the gift of her writing, her stories.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    No the Platinum Edition only has an interview and Laurie thanking everyone at the beginning of the book. In order to get the poem it's only in the tenth anniversary editon. I know it sucks I'm having the same problem.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    Wow. Just wow. I love how much this book has meant to people. Stories like this need to be told. This is the proof.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    when i first read the book

    i don't get it

    but when i read in the second time i just loooooooove it!

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    its in the back of the 10th anniversary edition of speak. It also has a few chapters of Wintergirls.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    Left me speechless… that was truly amazing.

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