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WITS Anthology Poem: Hope by Leslie Yuritzi Hernandez

The poem featured below was written by a student in WITS writer Katie Borak‘s virtual residency at Roosevelt High School last spring and was published in the 2020-21 Literary Arts Writers in the Schools anthology, Curiosity in Ones and Zeros.

Katie explained how their lesson that focused on “breaking down the idea of Capital-P-Poetry into something less intimidating (i.e. just a collection of words). To illustrate the point I asked students to create their own poems from the words used in Oliver’s Wild Geese. (I adapted the magnetic poetry set from this Google Drawings template).”



Hundred immigration families walk across miles of desert


Deep rivers moving lonely

Clear soft sun

Over the bodies of animals

Read more student work by purchasing the WITS Anthology here.

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