Student Work

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.


by Angie

There is so much injustice in this world.
People are tired of this.
Kids suffering from starvation.
People only care about money.
The world has become a disastrous mess.
What happened to our planet?
People dying from unneeded wars.
Families wanting a better life for their children.
People only care about the materialistic.
We feed off the internet.
What happened to our planet?
Dios mio ayudanos.
Is this what we want for our future?

Angie is a freshman female student at University Heights High School. She is currently 15 years old and is living in The Bronx.

You can navigate their individual poems below.