A Love Double-Take

Hello again, dear reader. This week’s Carver session took place on Valentine’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to read poems we love together? Students learned a little bit about June Jordan, then read her poem “On My Love” and commented on how familiar the poem felt. One students shared that she is a big Rudy Fransisco fan, so we read his poem “Mess.” Finally, students shared some of their own favorite poems that they’ve written over the years. Check out one of them below:



by Ka’Mya M.

My well being is as disposable as paper

My motivation soft and fragile like

scott scotch scotch scotch

I think you’ll grow to drink scotch

Your voice

Your fingers

Skipped past my cell tower this morning

So the fact that your phone was broken in a dumpster past Alcopoco

tramples over my thoughts of breakfast

my name

your name

the name




floating beneath your throat lost

behind all the important things

carries enough weight in my stomach

to be


My water bottle is empty

but us speaking


out all the words combusted in my head

is enough to fill the rest of the bottle



“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.