Poems should…(8th)

Last class, we discussed Dada art, and how the Dadaists thought all art was random. Today, we compared that with Jamila Woods “Blk Girl Art.” The students had terrific insight on Woods’ poem and talked about how she believes that art should be able to make big feelings in people and comfort people and change things. We then discussed what superpowers we would want our poems to have. Please enjoy these superpower poems!

Close Your Eyes


All poems are words simply printed onto a

page…unless they are uncomfortable and new.

Unless they remind you of running through the burning

sand looking for the sea. Unless they melt

all clocks and slow down their haunting rhythms.

Unless they cloud the moon’s light so you can

run and trip in the regrown jungle of your

mind, so the straight paths are uprooted.

All poems are words simply printed onto a

page unless they flutter up out of the

page and land on your eyes so you can see.

To be itself


I wish my poem could write itself

Choose whatever it wants to write on its self

and have its own freedom.

No pen pressing down on the form.

Just whatever it thinks appears on the paper.

Be like a person who gives tattoos.
Let them have their own choice of what goes on them.

Let the poem unravel itself like a folded map.




Breath in…


Breath slow…

Just breath…

Take a break

and picture the

blue of the sky

and the gentle

breeze and the

smell of fresh


Take a moment to

notice the fresh cut

grass your mind is

standing on…

Take a moment to

hear the silence…

Just take a moment.

Try to pick up the pencil

and make it


The more you leave

work sitting

the more that stress

will grow.

Take it one

by one.

Take your time

It will all be done soon.



“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.