For our belated Valentine’s Day class, we read Matthew Olzmann’s “Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem.” We drew pictures of people we love and tried to think about as many specific and strange details about them, just like Olzmann does in his poem. We turned those pictures into list poems about someone we love.

My Lovely Mom


I loe my mom

you make me smile and I feel better

whenever I’m sad,

I really appreciate that every morning

you wake up early and make food for

everyone and take care about us. I like your

smile which makes us smile. Whenever I

have a big test, you always try to make

me confident and to be brave. I like ho

you have time for us. You always give

us the last bite of Taco Bell or

other foods. You have a big heart.

Thank you for everything.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.