Spoken Word Pt. 1

Kozminski’s 4th and 5th graders took some time to learn more about spoken word poetry and what makes it so dynamic. Before we dove in on day one, we warmed up with some tableau. In groups, students acted out scenes like capturing a lion escaping from the zoo and alien invasions. After our scenes, we watched a few favorite Brave NewVoices performances. Then, students drafted their own poems to begin prepping for their Mahogany Club premieres. Check out a few below:

4th Grade


Darryl T.

I’m like a ghost but i

Don’t need a host

You can see me but

Not be me

I come out at dark

And to mark my spot

I can go through walls

Halls floors doors you

Can find me in the dark

You can see me with a

Spark, I’ll be waiting in

The dark.



Goodness A. 

Painting calms me                              


 I paint or when

 I am mad I paint.

Like when

 I see a white canvas

 just sitting there.

I paint and spill

 out my creativity

 on that canvas.

Painting is like you

 meditating but with art.

You can express

 your feelings on

 just one canvas or another.

5th Grade

I Love Pizza 

Azariah F. 

If I see pizza I automatically get hungry.

I ask my mom for pizza then she will say no. 

Then I ask her one more time and she will still say no. 

Then I just start to think about it till I fall asleep. 

I love the cheesy taste of pizza. 

I love the taste of the bread on the pizza. 

And I just love pizza.


My Momma 

Darrion W. 

My momma is as sweet as cupcakes straight out the oven. 

My momma is fun as playing with a dog

My momma is always happy like a kid playing outside

My momma is as cool as someone doing a backflip

My momma food is so good as some hot wings on a Friday





“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.