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.

Turn on the tv

by Michael

Hey, man turn on tv no time for sleep,
You hear the beep man it glows blue, and makes noise,
You know you want to, Come on dude we don’t wait,
Playing is what you desire, come let’s go throw the homework away,
Get started to play, there are many games, we can
Both play, We have unstoppable challenges, that we need to get,
Through, Hey, Man turn on tv and let’s hurry and play,

Michael is a student at University Heights High School in The Bronx.

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