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Sometimes poetry can be a way to express what is really hurting us, what makes us want to yell out in frustration and or fall down sobbing. Poetry can be a way of to […]

Mother’s Day is coming up just next week so it’s time to say thank you! In poetry club, we read Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem Famous (which is not at all about mothers but about […]

Can you pat you head and rub your belly at the same time? Can you chew gum and walk? How about walk and observe and write? Just like how any quirky art teacher from […]

For this workshop, we decided to zoom in on various moments of our lives. Bella P. zooms in on a memory of her going to the natural history museum with my family and coming […]

First we read 100 memories with the 4th grader, then we read 100 memories with the middle schoolers. Here is what Ymani O. remembers:   100 memories Ymani O. 7th grade   meeting my […]

After reading a snippet of 100 memories by Anne Walden, we decided to writing a list of our own memories. We decided to stick to something reasonable though (20 memories instead of 100).   […]

For the second week of poetry club, the middle schoolers at Hale listened and discussed the hybrid poetic-prose memoir of Khadijah Queen’s book I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I […]

In today’s poetry class, we practiced sharpening our sense of imagery. I brought in two objects to class: a giraffe my father gave me as a present after traveling for month aboard and a […]

Poetry is often considered the language of love. Think: Linda Pasten and Nikki Giovanni. Sometimes though poetry can be the language of hate (and it’s not a bad thing!). There’s probably nothing more that […]

After a long and much needed break, poetry resumes at Hale Elementary. For our first day back after the holidays, we celebrated by writing poems about some of our favorite things in the world! […]


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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.