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Article for Teachers
By Judy Rowe Michaels

Students venture out into the world to discover their own true love, then return to share it.

Poems for Teens
    • poem
      By Kevin Young
      is music    is men
      off early from work    is waiting
      for the chance at the chair
      while the eagle claws holes
      in your pockets    keeping
      time    by the turning
      of rusty fans    steel flowers with
      cold breezes    is having nothing
      better to do    than guess at the years

    • poem
      By Langston Hughes
      I, too, sing America.
      I am the darker brother.
      They send me to eat in the kitchen
      When company comes,
      But I laugh,
      And eat well,
      And grow strong.

    • poem
      By Nikki Giovanni

      This is for the Pullman Porters who organized when people said
      they couldn’t. And carried the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago
      Defender to the Black Americans in the South so they would
      know they were not alone. This is for the Pullman Porters...

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    • author

      Thom Gunn was born in Kent, England to parents who were both journalists. Gunn’s early life was peripatetic; after his parents’ divorce, he traveled with his father to various assignments...

    • Poem Guide
      By Joshua Weiner

      Touch, risk, trust, improvisation—“the intellect as powerhouse of love.”

    • poem
      By Thom Gunn
      When in his twenties a poetry's full strength
      Burst into voice as an unstopping flood,
      He let the divine prompting (come at length)
      Rushingly bear him any way it would
      And went on writing while the Ferry turned
      From San Francisco, back from Berkeley too,

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