Our City/Ourselves

7th Grade students created city- themed group exquistie corpse poems after reading Lucille Clifton’s, in the inner city, and Freshman students also experiemented with the concept of ‘line’ by creating their life story in only 24 words and then narrowing it all down to one word that most defined them.

Lesson Note:  A reviewer once noted upon reading Clifton’s poetry that “We see a poetry so pared down that its spaces take on substance, become a shaping presence as much as the words themselves”

Ms. Munoz, 7th Grade
Period 1

An Exquisite Corpse
Audrey C., Sierra S., Megan W., Maggie D.

Rain falls over downtown, blurring the
People run to their cars, as they try to get home

Along stone pathways, their numbers their tomb

Skyscrapers, touching the stars

Ms. Munoz, 7th Grade
Period 3

Zora McD., Michelle M., Zuzanna P., Natalia D.

Tall skyscrapers & bright lights

A ferris wheel fading into the night
Crowds surrounding buildings
Old wondering what’s happened to the youth

Ms. Munoz, 9th Grade
Period 5

One Word Poem
Johnny G.


One Word Poem
Benjamin G.


One Word Poem
Carolina S.


One Word Poem
Ava D.


Ms. Munoz, 7th Grade
Period 7

Brian C., Jovanny S., Christopher P.

Chicago, a place

Chicago, named after a snooze


It has history. Is wonderful

But still needs to be careful.

Don’t be freaked

Because they already shriek

So this city,

must be renewed.

Ms. Munoz, 9th Grade
Period 8

One Word Poem
Michael G.


One Word Poem
Logan K.


One Word Poem
Claudia Z.




“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.