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This week for poetry club at Clissold we focused on writing poems about ourselves. We read Leslie Reese’s poem I Am and talked about stanzas and lines and how to use them in our […]

To start off our first week at Clissold’d after school poetry club we talked about some of the different things that poems can do. This is a brief list of what the amazing 1st, […]

This was our last week of programming at Clissold Elementary as we closed out the school year. I want to give a huge thank you to Mr. Stalnos for inviting CPC in to facilitate […]

This week we combined forces and both of our after school Poetry Clubs came together to have one final practice for the Clissold Student Showcase this Wednesday. Students are practicing poems about recipes, about […]

Food! Glorious food! This week we talked about all of the delicious foods we love to eat, and used our five senses to describe what it is about them that makes our mouths water […]

Do you believe in monsters? This week we drew an exquisite corpse monster and then talked about things that lurk around the corner and go bump in the night. The monsters in these poems […]

What’s the recipe for joy, and what are the ingredients that make up who we are? This week we wrote recipe poems inspired by Recipe For Happiness, written by a former CPC student. You […]

What if our family members were celebrities? This week we wrote poems about a member of our family and celebrated all of the things we love and admire about them. Maybe it’s their cooking, […]

This week we read Gwendolyn Brook’s signature poem We Real Cool and talked about how rhythm is an essential element of writing poetry. Students then picked a favorite song and used it’s rhythm as […]

This week we read a poem written to a star by a former CPC student. Then talked about personification as a way to approach larger than life ideas, emotions or concepts. We learned that […]


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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.