Identity pieces are difficult to write no matter how old you are. But, in youth, the idea of who we are--of who we can be--is so deeply rooted in the people we know and the culture we are immersed in. Sometimes that feels like a warm blanket. Others, it's more like being stuck in limbo.
It's February. The month of Valentines. But the romantic love February celebrates is only the beginning. This student poet knew that. She wasn't afraid to write about a love bigger and harder to define.
The world is a crazy place and everyone is aiming to make decisions for someone else---so I find myself remembering this poem. Andrew Cruz, one of our fiercest poets, wrote a pantoum about a tragedy that left his family mouthing only a single word; stillbirth.
Sestinas are one of those forms where you either love or despise it. I was really proud of Kasandra: she committed to telling this story and it is tremendous!
This poem was written by Pilar Johnson, in her senior year of high school. This was inspired by the great Jeanann Verlee and her poem, Unsolicited Advice to Adolescent Girls with Crooked Teeth and Pink Hair. Here, our students aim to use repetition and specific imagery to create a story unique to them and wise words that they, too, need to hear.