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Reading “In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound, we noticed the tiny size of the poem, and the way it uses white space by moving text around on the page. Students created […]

In “The Republic of Poetry,” poet Martín Espada describes a kind of poetry utopia. That made me interested in what my students would include in their own utopias: what constitutes paradise for you? Room […]

Pablo Neruda wrote an entire book of untitled poems based on questions, many of which don’t seem to have rational answers. We wrote our own question poems which dig into mystery. Room 314 The […]

Taking a cue from my colleague Larry O’Dean, I shared “Colors passing through us” by Marge Piercy. The students wrote such glorious meditations on color that it was hard to narrow down for this […]

“Legacies” by Nikki Giovanni describes an interaction between a grandmother, who wants to teach a lesson, and a granddaughter, who is reluctant to learn from her elder for more complicated reasons than she is […]

We took a look at a selection of the quatrains of Rumi–four-line untitled poems by the 13th-century Persian poet of immense popularity around the world. I gave the students a limitation of four lines […]

We read English and Spanish versions of “Good Hotdogs,” a very Chicago poem by Chicago-born writer, Sandra Cisneros. We reflected on favorite special foods and the sense-memories of eating them. Room 322 <b>Red Tamales […]

In “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath, a mirror speaks up about its experiences. Each student chose an inanimate object that can be found at their own home, then wrote a poem in the persona of […]

Reading “Yam” by Bruce Guernsey, we examined a small pile of interesting vegetables and fruits that I brought in for us to look at, and described them in poems. We tried out some ways […]

We read a few excerpts from Albert Goldbarth’s otherwise EXTREMELY long poem, “Library.” Other poets have traditionally added their own books to the list that Goldbarth describes (here are a few examples), and so […]


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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.