I’m So Fine

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 Was Wearing. We discussed intersectionality and feminism. We discussed the different societal roles people are pressured into and how everyone has to “preform” gender. We spoke about why it was important to be vulnerable and kind and earnest and speak up for what’s right. And finally, we discussed a poetry style known as stream-of-consciousness which honors the brain’s natural cadence and thought pattern, and how to balance our thoughts with imagery. Here’s a poem from this workshop, published anonymously.



by anonymous

7th grade


Today I woke up with my cat

meowing to feed him

threw out the garbage

and got reminded

that I had to be a strong man

doing all the work

driving to school with my 30-pound bag

and act cool and strong

to my friends

being made fun of because I’m smart

being called a nerd

calling me weak

and poor and had to take it



“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.