Poetry is often considered the language of love. Think: Linda Pasten and Nikki Giovanni. Sometimes though poetry can be the language of hate (and it’s not a bad thing!). There’s probably nothing more that middle schoolers enjoy than being absolute haters, so for this poetry class students were allowed to write “roast poems.” In other words, an insult poem about things they hate. Here’s the top selection for the week:




by Sebastian

7th grade


I hate dust. It’s as big as a whale.

I can see it reach up to the top of my school.

I can feel the dust when it gets into my eyes and it feels like soap in my eyes.

I can hear people complaining  about it like animals in a farm.



“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.