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Enjoy some nature vignettes from the park besides Hale Elementary!   Nature by Sebastian Z. 7th grade   A large tree that looks like it is surrounded by a large green sea.   With […]

We may be heading into summer but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate work from this year’s beautiful poetry residencies. Below is a poem from Hale’s own Abe the Ape!   My Modern Days […]

On the days our brains seem to be moving a little slower than usual a great source of inspiration, especially if you’re not up for reading anything, is looking at visual art and writing […]

All semester long we’ve been looking at imagery-heavy, linear, and narratively driven poems — but what happens when a poet is not interested in linearity or telling a story? What happens when a poet […]

You know the running joke where some says they caught a fish thissssssssss big — and they extend their arms super wide and knock you a bit with their elbows as they attempt to […]

What better use for a poetry than a poem expressing how much you love your mom! In class, we worked on connecting the abstract emotions we feel and transforming them into concrete moments in […]

The more you learn about poetry the less intimidating it becomes especially something as easy as writing a list — a grocery list, a list of bad movie titles, a list of your favorite […]

The typical caricature of a poet that pops into peoples heads is a person with bad posture, hunched over, sitting alone in a dark room illuminated only by the faint white glow of their […]

Imagery! Imagery! Imagery! After bringing to class an eclectic arrangement of items (a toy giraffe painted orange and blue, two Valentine’s Day themed stuffed dogs, two decorative bird items, dollar store flower bouquets, a […]

Everyone loves a good ode because an ode is all about celebration! In class, we read work by latinx, midwest poet Jose Olivarez whose delicious poem Ode to Tortillas led to great discussions about […]


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“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.”
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