Poetry Stew

For my 10th visit with 2nd graders at Bret Harte, we talked about things we know how to do well before the discussion turned to recipes. I began to take items from my bag: a whisk, a soup ladle, a spatula, seasonings, and a cheese grater. Students said we could make a soup or a stew, or maybe pancakes with these things. By the time I took out measuring cups and spoons, and a large pot with a lid, some students were hoping that I was going to cook something for them! “Sorry,” I said, tying on my apron, “but I’m going to make a poetry stew. Can you help me with this recipe?”

Ms. Holman
2nd Grade

Poetry Stew (a group recipe)

put 2 gallons of words
on a cutting board
and chop them up.
Put the words in a pot
add 1 tablespoon of rhymes
add paper noodles and gummy pencils,
maybe eraser gummies too.
Also: 2 candies’ worth of brainstorming  ideas
and spicy adjectives
and simmer for a whole week.

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“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.