Name It

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 sometimes. Together, we watched two performances that are some of my favorite instances of people bringing humor into poetry. After watching “Childhood” and “I-M-A-N-I,” our conversation pretty quickly turned into one about the story behind our names. The two wins of the day? First, the student who wasn’t a big poetry fan left our session really liking the poems we watched. Second, students wrote some great poems based on the prompt “tell a story about your name.” Check out one of the poems below.


Name It On Me

by Jew El’ W.  

Name it Jewel, Jewell with two Ls of course

Jewel without the EL, capitalized

that is

Name it on Juju


Juicy Mens


Boogish as I pick your

filthy name calling out the

nostalgic air

Name it, Name it, as I

scream like a little mouse

making no scene.


Name it Jew El’, doesn’t matter

where you put the apostrophe

– Name, – Lame





“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.