Famous Author

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  A blank paper is not blank at all, it’s a balloon that floats me up into the sky. Up here, I can see everything. When I come back down, I grasp my pencil, kiss the paper. It cuts into what is blank and changes into an explosion of light. I see myself more clearly… Read more »

Perfect Square

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It was a perfect square. It had four matching corners And four equal sides. And it was perfectly happy… But on Saturday, the square was cut, crumbled, and snipped. So it made itself into a heart that beats, loves, and keeps me alive. By Raynisse, 1st grade Click the media player above to listen to the poem… Read more »

BEFORE (two koi fish in water)

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The shadow of whiskers like an invitation with the address missing. A fin like jellyfish but more tulle. Craterous tulle; black swan pirouetting on the moon. Tulle skirt with cigarette burn holes; laddered tights. Iron stain on tulle; muddy. Burned tulle drowned; Ophelia enters the water with her head split open. It sizzles. Light glinting… Read more »

Me pregunto | I Wonder

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  ¿Por qué las inmensas motos no van a Hollywood? ¿Cuál es la ballena ruidosa que siempre va a cantar? ¿Dónde dejó la rosa su dulce olor? ¿Hay algo más triste en el mundo que árboles muertos? ¿Quiénes gritaron de alegría cuando nació el color rosado? ¿Cómo logró su libertad la casita de la muñeca… Read more »

Bones

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  Bones everywhere Bones fill my chest You hang bones in my closet I got sick and blew my nose with delicate bone So tired I slept and my bed was made of bones Drove to work in my car made of bones There are bones beneath me Bones blowing in the trees The chandelier… Read more »

White Blossom Flower

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white blossom flower alone with no one with you flying, going tree to tree with bees going to you drinking your nectar you are like velvet By Hifsa, 3rd grade Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 by Rukmini, WITS Youth Advisory Council Student. The background music is “Flower Dance” by DDmyzik. … Read more »

Ocean

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  The ocean shouts out with all the courage it has. The ocean dives down with glory pounding in its heart. The ocean loves deeply with all its might. The ocean glows when the sun shimmers on its waves. By Elena, 2nd grade Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 by Jackson,… Read more »

The Healer

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(Inspired by René Magritte’s The Healer (Le thérapeute), 1967) Oh, Mary, oh Mary, what do I do? I have a rib cage—a real cage, too! Birds are inside me. I’m like a jar! I have a bag full of seed for the birds I feed, but the birds will never—oh never!—come out! Even the times… Read more »

My Voice

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My voice is a whorly wind picking up houses, Toto, and Dorothy, whipping through the calm night sky. A strong storm is my soul, sweeping through towns and sloshing colors everywhere I go. Most times, my imagination is the beginning of the universe, the big bangs of colors spewing colors, making planets and sun. The… Read more »

Celebrate #NationalPoetryMonth with Pop-Up Poetry at H-E-B

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              Visitors can visit H-E-B locations in Montrose, San Felipe, Buffalo Speedway, and Bunker Hill for a chance to see these special pop-up poetry installations during the entire month of April. Written by WITS students, these poems celebrate the everyday, from the dreamy quality of eating a pizza to… Read more »

Red

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  Red can be a highway that leads to glory, love, fame, and family. Red can be a door to a whole other world! Red can be as sweet as tomatoes, as happy as an apple. Red can be anything you choose it to be. It can be as small as a mouse or as… Read more »

Biography

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My father was born where the insurmountable skyline assaults the sky. My mother was born in the wagons of the desert. I was made with two rhythms and one tune to create a symphony of imagination. My child will make her own world. I am the moonlit laughter tinkling through the air like bells. By… Read more »

Ode to Pizza

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  O pizza, your tomato sauce tastes like dreams. The peppers, the mushrooms—oh, I like those! O my pizza, then you go in the oven, it is more than dreams. It’s as beautiful as a rose blooming. Your taste is like art class. Imagine the beautiful red paint as the tasty delicious tomato sauce. Imagine… Read more »

You Are

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  You are the face of wisdom, and the stairs to clouds. You are history not discovered. Also, you are the heaven              light. I am grass in wind, I am a bird                     climbing a tree. You             are          not          the bird falling, but I am. You are not the fish, no never could you                         be the… Read more »

Underneath

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Underneath my leather blazer is my dark purple buttoned down shirt Underneath my purple buttoned down shirt is my grey and red shirt Underneath my gray and red shirt is my caramel skin Underneath my caramel skin are my strong muscles Underneath my strong muscles are my strong, thin bones Underneath my strong, thin bones… Read more »

Deseos | Wishes

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Ve, nieve mía, y a mi mamá desea lluvia en el cielo, una corona de cristal, una perla de agua, una casa de anillos, una maravillosa vida en su corazón y un poema en la hoja. Aquí soñaré para siempre y mis ojos buscarán. Aquí está el verano, aquí las flores. Esta es la tierra… Read more »

Dance

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  The puppies glide across the land of song All of them pearling and swirling and whirling for the existence of music is a trance the extraordinary cells of the song are unstoppable the curiosity continuing is enough and the waves of music rage on like a clock waiting to strike upon the end as… Read more »

Zoom

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  Love cries out with joy. Infinity multiplies forever. The Earth gets dizzy from spinning. My friend loves me. All of these ideas make my heart zoom! By Isabelle, 1st grade Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 by MacKenzie, WITS Youth Advisory Council Student. The background music is “High-Speed Racing” by… Read more »

My Mind

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  My mind explodes with anger. My mind shatters like glass. My mind cries for help. My mind crumbles into bits. My mind burns like lava. My mind gallops like a horse. My mind mesmerizes everything. My mind juggles the air. My mind dives into a black hole. My mind turns into ash. My mind… Read more »

2018 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest

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Open to young Texas writers, from rising 7th grade through rising 12th grade! Free to apply. Deadline to submit is May 18, 2018. Hosted by the Texas Book Festival (TBF), the Fresh Ink Fiction Contest encourages middle and high school Texas students to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in… Read more »