“They Want”: A 17 Year Old Boy on His Future

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This Venice High School senior provokes with his response to the question, what do you want from your life?

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A Perfect Test

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A San Francisco native travels to the Mississippi Delta for lessons on another America.

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I <3 My Family: Poems by Kids

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The best day of my life would make me cry. Three poems by kids about love and family.

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Poetry by Kids

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Writers form bonds with one another, beginning with the first words we read … and write. An introduction to the Poetry by Kids series on The Good Life.

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The Dragon That Speaks for the Boy

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The dragon speaks for the boy, until the boy is able to speak for himself. A poem in the Poetry by Kids series.

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Bored Poem (aka “The Taco Poem”)

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“Taco taco taco taco taco taco….” This is the poem, written by an elementary school student, that had us all buzzing like a Devil Taco in a Walmart.

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Who I Am: Poems by Kids

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Chameleon and How I Know I’m Duke Ellington’s “Fleurette Africaine” are two poems by kids on identity; each places a high priority on the poet’s hidden inner reality.

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Mysterious Universe: Poems by Kids

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“there are slow colors in space” / “I understood that he was a dolphin who left and came back, but then disappeared.” Children explore the limits of reality and narrative through poetry.

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Future Dreams: Poems by Kids

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Two poems on the future, by elementary school students. It Would Be Neat If With the New Year: “My worn out green sneakers, that’s where my sadness lies.” and Great Future: “I am an awful dentist, but a great cook.”

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The Stories We Tell: Two Poems by Kids

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“People don’t like me because I’m a hot dog stand.” / “Did you join a gang?” Even in seemingly silly and pointless stories, is a gift of “our secret hopes, in things inside and outside of ourselves.” Two poems by kids.

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Why Poetry for Kids?

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A child’s education should include the tools to convey sentiments and emotion, says Carl Bosch. The Good Men Project’s Education columnist on the importance of poetry to kids today.

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Make Me Real: Poetry by Kids

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“I’m Jess Stoner, and I have the best job in the world.” Stoner works with student writers in Austin, TX, including the authors of some poetry here on The Good Life.

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Where I’m From: Two Poems by Kids

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“I am from a smoke-filled house” / “I am from the capital city” Two poems by students of Title 1 schools in Austin, TX.

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