Aaaaand We’re Back!

Welcome to a new year with Carver Military Academy’s poets, dear reader! It was an absolute joy seeing Ms. Litton’s familiar face as she welcomed me back into her classroom. This year, we’re joined by some returning poets who shared their experiences from last year with our new poets. One student participated in our All Schools Reading and expressed that she got lots of positive feedback after sharing her poem to the Haymarket House audience. After catching up with each other, students were excited to share poems they worked on over the summer and during Ms. Litton’s class. Our session ended with an impromptu open mic, a great way to close out after our reunion. Check out one of the poems below:


Say My Name

by Isis R.

My name is Isis
Why that name?
Isn’t that a bad name?
Why did you name her that?

Can someone please say my name right?
The name meaning Moon
Meaning Magic
Meaning Wisdom
Meaning Throne
Meaning Healing
Meaning Fortune
Meaning Sea
The name the same as a goddess
A powerful name

Can I just call you Ice?
How about Icicle?
Can I call you snowflake?
What about Winter?
Isabelle, Is Is, just something other than your name

I just don’t think your name is appropriate to say

Why not?
It’s a powerful and wonderful name
Please don’t say anything about ice
My name doesn’t have anything to revolve around Ice
Or snow
Or Winter

Just don’t try to misuse my name
None of those are my name
I was named after a goddess
And a friend of my Mother’s
And both of those people are wonderful
And kind

Please stop disrespecting me
And the ones that gave me my name
By not saying my name correctly
Or try to downplay my name

My name is Isis

When I was younger
I hated my name
Just because no one liked it
I wanted a different name
A normal name
Compared to those around me

Maybe go by my middle name, Mya?
Maybe something like Annie?
Or Jesse

I even found names like my Mom’s
Or Soliel

They fit around my name
Meaning Moon

But those aren’t my name
They just don’t fit who I am

My Name Is Isis
That’s all my name will be

Isis Mya Rios
A name that is burned in my heart
And will forever be mine





“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.