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Last week at South Loop Poetry Club, our poets read “The Texture Of Your Soul” by Linda Winchell, using feelings as sensory intrigue to represent our feelings as emotions. We got out the markers […]

Last week at South Loop Poetry Club, we read “Sounds of the City” by Rita A. Simmonds. Even though she was writing about New York, we found that we heard very similar sounds in […]

We hope you have been staying warm in this cold Chicago weather. Last week we didn’t have Poetry Club, but the week before that we read Natasha Trethewey’s “History Lesson” to learn about imagery. […]

On our last Poetry Club session of 2023, our poets took some time to sit with the poems they’ve made over the last few months and discuss what they were about, and what they […]

In our final week at Dulles, we continued to refine and edit our poems to prepare for the Dulles Poetry Reading, with two other poetry classes led by Caroline Stevens and Joy Young from […]

This week at South Loop Poetry Club, our poets studied imagery and asked ourselves, how can we put someone else in our shoes? Using Nikki Giovanni’s Knoxville, Tennessee, we drew inspiration from the different […]

During our 4th week at Dulles, we read an erasure poem from Austin Kleon’s “Newspaper Blackout” to start a conversation about editing our work and how to recycle pieces of poetry to make something […]

This week at South Loop Poetry Club, we read Francisco X. Alarcón’s “On Monday I Feel Like a Dragon.” Our young poets raced to see who could find the most similes and metaphors. Since […]

At Dulles, we discussed and learned about two types of poems that represent memory with imagery. We read Nikki Giovanni’s ‘knoxville, tennessee’, which inspired us to reflect on our Thanksgiving dinners and other happy […]

This week at South Loop Elementary School, we listened to “Everything at Once” by Lenka to talk about similes and comparisons. The young poets then began to think about their selves and answer the […]


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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.”
-Jessica M.