ACROSS THEIR SNOW WHITE FACES by Angelina, age 9 & Lily, age 11
SLIMY MUD by Angelina, age 9
SHADOWS FADE by Angelina, age 9
HARDWARE STALL by Jack, Misu, Timothy & Binh, age 9 & Angelina, age 8
By Jack, Misu, Timothy, Binh & Angelina
Bottles jailed in plastic linger on the shelf, and tubes of glue dangle from the ceiling.
Cans of spray paint roost in cabinets
like sleeping canaries.
Behind the counter,
the owner’s teeth
sink into a chunk of apple.
Light pours onto her cheekbone,
eyes lock on the unknown.
tape measures hang like
spiders from silk.
Here is the same piece as a graphic poem with illustrations by the whole class!
SUPER-NOVAMAN By Vanessa, age 8, Angelina, age 9 & Carmen, age 9
ORANGE GLOW by Angelina & Jack, age 9, Lily & Tony, age 10, Wisdom, age 11
Star trail and eruption Photo by Davide Castiglione — National Geographic Your Shot:
Yesterday night, from Centuripe at my house, there was a little eruption from north-east
crater of the volcano Etna.
where people don’t exist.
NAIL SALON by Helen, Tony, Ali, Jack, Timothy, Misu, Anvivi & Binh, age 9 & Carmen, Angelina, Vanessa & Emily, age 8
Chemicals drift around my nose,
and bottles of polish clatter
on the shelf. Clippers click,
From beneath the sound,
Mom paints finger and toenails
the color of crashing Atlantic waves,
and a million stars
OFFICE By Misu, Binh, Jack, Tony, Nam & Timothy, age 9 & Angelina, age 8
By Misu, Angelina, Binh, Jack, Tony, Nam & Timothy
From a wire above, papers dangle.
Bandages flu er onto the floor,
and the smell of blood and Purell leaps through the air.
Scribbled letters dance across
piercing through the window.
Ms. Peggy slides a drawer shut
and paper clips
clink and scatter across her desk.
Steam rises from a mug of coffee, and when
that kid who breaks crayons
knocks it over,
dark liquid puddles on the floor.
Ring ring ring.
Click click click.
In the corner,
balls gobble air.
SLURP! TEAR! BURP! By Angelina & Carmen, both age 8