OrangeJello

Dada!

Amira Hanafi and Ladan Osman to Read Sept. 11

SIX-POINTS-LOGO-site

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago on September 11 from 6-7pm for the next installment of the Six Points Reading Series. Admission is free in the Garland Room on the 1st […]

Simone Muench, Roger Reeves, and Jason Koo to read Aug. 29

SIX-POINTS-LOGO-site

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago at 4:30pm on August 29 for the inaugural night of the Six Points Reading Series. Admission is free in the Millenium Park Room on the […]

despierto (awake)

OrangeJello

So many of our students speak a second language, or at least have experience with a language other than English. In “[Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way],” Juan Felipe […]

Centos of the Universe

GreenSwamp

For our final day of 4th grade classes, students picked their favorite poems written this year, and from those, their favorite lines. I then asked them to queue up randomly, […]

One Poem May Hide Another

GreenSwamp

For our penultimate class, I brought in Kenneth Koch‘s intriguing poem, “One Train My Hide Another” — easily the longest (and most complicated) work we have read to date. In […]

Dada!

OrangeJello

We focused on collaboration for this session using a game that originates in the Dada art movement. When writing an “Exquisite Corpse,” students work in pairs and trade off writing […]

A Certain Age

OrangeJello

Glimpsing into the complicated world of a 14-year-old girl, “Hanging Fire” by Audre Lorde articulates the thoughts and worries of a teenager on the brink. Our students chose a particular […]

Beautiful American Words

GreenSwamp

We had some very interesting discussions last week regarding Delmore Schwartz‘s sonnet, “The Beautiful American Word, Sure.” Among the issues, we thought up as many synonyms for sure as possible: […]

What Do You Believe?

RedRobin

Moos – Week 12 This week we were looking at out-going poet laureate Natasha Trethewey’s “Southern Fires.”  This poem is about keeping silent when you know something wrong is happening, […]

Bam-Woosh-Meow

RedRobin

Moos – Week 11 I wanted the young poets to write about sounds this week, and so what better model poem than Li-Young Lee’s “Falling: The Code”?  There is no […]