Why We Write

Last week, Carver students spent some time reflecting on what brought us to this writing space. We started off by watching a performance of Sabrina Benaim’s poem “Explaining Depression To My Mother” and talked out some of the language and elements of performance that stood out to us. Students noticed that the poem was filled with rich metaphors that described what depression felt like to the poet. This poem prompted into a conversation about what leads us to write and how we self-describe poetry. We ended the session with our own ars poetica pieces. Check out of of them below:



by Molly 

Poetry like a rainy day

or winter breeze


like diving into the pages of a newly bought book

But now you’re the one with the pen

ready to confront your problems

full of ideas

and stories to share

like the end of a book

a new one will begin




“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.