Self-Portrait of Carver

Last week, I walked in and saw students embroidering faces, hobbies, and traits onto a blank white piece of fabric. The alignment was cosmic. As students finished up their self-portraits for art class, we read and discussed Chen Chen’s “Self Portrait as So Much Potential” and discussed the various ways the voice in the poem describes themself. Students then had time to brainstorm how they want to talk about themselves in written form before diving into the writing process and writing their own portrait poems. Read a poem by one of our student poets below:

She Is…

by Amoriona B. 

Here she is, as tall as a tree.

As free as a bird. Here she is as bright

as day and as dark as night. She is

as sweet as a pear and as sour

as a lemon. She is as quiet as a mouse

but as loud as a bear. She is as strong

as she wants to be. She is me.



“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.