For the last day of this year’s poetry residency, we played alliteration and word-association games. We talked about what it means to graduate, and how the end of the school year can feel – to use one student’s word – bittersweet. Then, students took turns reading poems aloud from Out of Wonder: Celebrating Poets and Poetry, a collaboration between Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth, and illustrator Ekua Holmes.
We considered how it feels to read poetry aloud, even when we have to reach to understand what parts of the poem mean. We crushed each other with hugs and happy summer wishes, and students gave me thank you letters. 💘





“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.