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Alas, two weeks ago we closed out a stellar term of poetry with Bronzeville Classical’s 3rd and 4th grade students! On our final day, we didn’t write poems; instead we watched slam performances from […]

Greetings, Bronzeville Classical Friends! In our nine weeks together, Bronzeville Classical students have written so many different kinds of poems broaching all different kids of topics. I don’t really believe in poetry “experts” (the […]

For our 8th week at Bronzeville Classical, we dove into the fun world of blackout (also known as erasure) poems. We took a look at many examples, including from the acclaimed “Steal This Book” […]

For our 7th week, Bronzeville students learned about ekphrastic poetry, or poems inspired by an image. We examined Van Gogh’s Starry Night before reading the Anne Sexton poem of the same name. Then students […]

Nothing is more evergreen than food. But the question is, can you eat a poem? Eve Merriam seems to think so. In this sixth week of programming we discussed “How to Eat A Poem” […]

How quickly the time passes, as this is already the halfway point of the year’s Bronzeville residency! Last week, students considered origins and the ways we define where we’re from. And there’s no better […]

Since both similes and metaphors are the building blocks of poetry, in our 4th week we dug into similes! We talked about the differences between the two before reading “Carib Nightfall” by John Lyons. […]

Greetings! Our third week at Bronzeville Classical was all about metaphor, one of the building blocks of poetry. We took a look at “Who I’ll Always Be” from student poet Riti Shrestha as our […]

During this second week at Bronzeville Classical, we learned that poetry awakens all the senses. And what’s a world without sounds? Well, not the world we live in. After reading Kwame Alexander’s poem “Dribbling,” […]

Hello, hello! The first day of residency at Bronzeville Classical Elementary went swimmingly. Ms. Siudock’s 4th grade classes and Ms. Shuch’s 3rd grade classes were so excited to start writing poems! We started 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.