From a SpeakTogether virtual workshop, University Heights High School, The Bronx, Fall 2020
This poem was composed during a six-week workshop conducted by poet Jubi Arriola-Headley, who introduced a class of 9th-grade students to myriad forms of poetry that exist. This workshop took place virtually during a global pandemic. Read more about the works in this collection, which demonstrates students’ efforts to find their voices and share them with their peers, teachers, and families.
I moan in pain but you didn’t hear it, it was like you was wearing headphones
So I going to stare
And if you do dare to get close I am going to lick and bite your cheekbones
To show the love-hate I have for you since
Tori is a student at University Heights High School in The Bronx.