Running into a New Year (8th)

In 8th grade, we read “Running into a New Year” by Lucille Clifton. We discussed how her lack of punctuation and short lines and single stanza gives us a sense of movement and speed. We brainstormed ways that we could use the page to create other feelings.


New Year Poem


I am teleporting into a new year

with rapid

speed chang is


upon us

It is a sensation of great


like warming up

next to

a fireplace.

I’m zipping through

dimensions, to get

to this New Year

Change will come rapidly

like a

time machine.





I am biking into the new year

Pedaling slower and slower as the new

year starts approaching.

I am going to

miss what I had at

Clinton but

I am excited for what is to come.

I feel the wind holding

me back while I

start to pedal


and faster




New Beginnings


I am tiptoeing

into the new year,

like a child

attempting to

steal cookies

from a cabinet,

my middle school

memories fading,

like clouds on

a clear day,

slowly moving

on from the

familiar faces

that I have grown

accustomed to.

I will be walking into

an unfamiliar building

willing to start all over.



“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.