Why I Teach Poetry Writing to Teen Girls

That there is a magic that happens when we name our thoughts and feelings, commit them to paper, speak them out loud. We feel a sense of belonging to ourselves and others when we express ourselves clearly, feel understood, and see that other people resonate with our experience in a way that illuminates their own.

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The Forge

In the forge of her will
she melted herself down
in the white hot heat
the last glowing embers
of survival rolled over
in surrender.

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Trust

If you say the word trust to yourself five times fast,
do you start to believe it?
If you suck on it
like a butterscotch candy
your grandpa gave you,
does it get sweeter to swallow?

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