Let’s Celebrate with Poetry at Twain!

There was so much to celebrate for 6th graders during their ninth session of poetry. There was a pop-up poetry event for 5th and 6th graders in the school auditorium, where Chicago Poetry Center poets Luis and Fullamusu. They brought loads of excitement and energy as they performed their poems for students. 6th grader Meghan O. was chosen to come up to the stage and be interviewed by a teacher. Her responses were used as inspiration for Luis and Fullamusu to each come up with fantastic poems in just a few minutes. Students were asked to vote for which poem they enjoyed. But the applause was so loud for both CPC poets that everyone decided that it was a tie. Even Tim, who is the poetry resident for the 5th graders shared his own phenomenal poem about the planet Saturn.

Later on, at the celebration, both 5th and 6th graders got a chance to shine as they performed their poems. I was so proud of my 6th grade students; they did such a fabulous job.

Check out below the photos I took at the event!




Photos taken by Poet in Residence Joy Young. Featured in photos are 6th graders Layla S, Sophia L, Morgan G, Teacher and student Meghan O, as well as poets Tim Rey, Luis Tubens aka Logan Lu, and Fullamusu Bangura. 



“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.