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For the past few months, Carver students have worked hard creating poems, some students doing it for the very first time. Last week, Carver’s students took a break from writing new poems and spent […]

This week’s lesson was borrowed from fellow Poet In Residence Philip Berezney. Students came into our space giddy to share life updates and poems that they’ve been working on outside of our Tuesday space. […]

This week’s lesson was borrowed from fellow poet-in-residence Lisa Low. During our discussion, students shared some their icks with the group. Some of these included loud food chewers and dishonesty, and students definitely didn’t […]

Last week, Carver students got a taste of some local poetry by way of the south side. Our time together began with a discussion about some of our favorite inside jokes or words we […]

Our pre-Spring break session was a chill one, filled with new poem drafts and an open mic session. Students were excited to share that they’d been working on poems outside of our poetry club, […]

Last week, Carver students tried their hands at a new type of poem: the ever-powerful ode. Students first heard a reading of “Ode to Cardi B” and my poem “Ode to Ursula.” After a […]

Last week, I walked in and saw students embroidering faces, hobbies, and traits onto a blank white piece of fabric. The alignment was cosmic. As students finished up their self-portraits for art class, we […]

Last week was fun and led to an unexpected change of events. We had a new student stop by, who shared that she wasn’t the biggest poetry fan because the form feels too serious […]

Hello again! Last week, Carver’s student did a deep dive into more figurative language, this time looking at metaphors in our poetry. Together, we listened to Kanye West’s “Homecoming” and discussed its lyrical content. […]

Hello again, dear reader. This week’s Carver session took place on Valentine’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to read poems we love together? Students learned a little bit about June Jordan, […]


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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.