Student Writing

Celebrating the creativity of students who participate in writers-in-the-schools programs or community creative writing opportunities.
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May My Heart Be Strong

The Place of Hope by Mexx (6th grade) May I be able to see the world in just one leap. May I have water, Kryptonian DNA, and the bright yellow sun. May I return to the home where I lived happily with my family. May I have a heart that never gives up. Please don’t…

Zee and Maddox

New Eyes and the Traveler By Zee Always a goofball. Always seven years older than me. And he always treated me as equal. My brother had a way with dramatic humor and pungent exaggeration, and he said the most random things out of the blue that made you frown in confusion and at the same…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of IS 392

This residency was made possible by Leonore Gordon PD Arts and Wellness on the Go Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation On my first day at IS 392, I began by asking students what a poem is. There’s more to poetry, we discovered, than just a collection of lines. This anthology holds the past, present, and future of…

Jazz Poems

Jazz Poems Written in response to listening to “Milestone” by Miles Davis   by Ashley (4th grade) Penguins bopping up and down quacking like crazy because they can’t stop Bright orange floating all around Full of color, full of life Summer coming, full of fun Life, life, life, it’s all quite crazy People soar… on…

Crouching Lion, Marble Statue

by Felix O.  (6th Grade) Striding down the museum halls, head turning side to side, breath trapped inside my bones, happiness swelling beyond measure, I come to the masterpiece itself. It growls at me It measures me, It POUNCES! Slowly dusting myself off, rising from the pearly marble ground, I come face to face with…

A Black Person’s Life

by Jasmine (7th grade) Negative There was a time when there were slaves Who were treated wrong even when they behaved My ancestors were beaten, whipped and killed They became angered, soulless and people who had no will They didn’t do anything wrong or bad But the Europeans and Salesmen were glad Because they would…

Congratulations to the Young Authors of 218X

To the students of 218X (from the introduction to the anthology Everything is Liquid) This was a very special residency for me because Ms. Agramonte suggested we take the students to the Museum of Natural History and write poems and draw images inspired by the Northwestern mask exhibit. Her students had been studying masks from around…

This is Just to Say

Our Words Golden by Isaiah (Middle School) Like golden statues, Like a butterfly, Like the sun in space. Our words like stars.   This is Just to Say: I Can’t Go Outside by Christopher (Middle School) I can’t go outside. People shooting; Fireworks. People Going in, Keep going into, The sky. It is so sad To…

Poetic Mysteries: A Thread of Hope

Staring With Hope By Nusiba (6th grade) Staring up at the sky With hope Wanting a sign Waiting for a drop of water Not knowing what’s about to come Maybe a breeze Or a storm, or just the sun Maybe just the same as yesterday The gloom of the day Bringing you down So you…

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