7th Grade- New Word Poems Part 1

This week we read “Hecky Naw” by Jose Olivarez and talked about words we love to use that are part of our identity and day to day lives. We also looked at some recent poems inspired by Hecky Naw written by Clissold Elementary students. The 7th graders were excited to get started on their versions and we talked a lot about some popular slang words, and words that are local to some Chicago neighborhoods. Some students are still working on their pieces so check back in next week for a few more pieces.  Enjoy this week’s poets!


D’Kari M 

Pop Out Trim 

Come to the party

trim with yo group

it’s a lot of juke parties this weekend.

Pop out, dance to the music,

put that drip on,

get some girls,

get they IG’s 

it’s gone be loud and lit 

pop out. 



Eummanni G. 


If you my gangasaur

then I rock with you

If you my gangasaus

then you real cool

Me and my gangasaur

have alot in common

me and my gangasaur

have the same taste

The time we spend together

never goes to waste

People trying to kill our vibe

that the people we hate

we are 4-lifers

And there’s no need to debate

no need to decipher




“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.