Student Work

From a SpeakTogether virtual workshop, Talent Unlimited High School, Spring 2020

This poem was composed during a six-week session conducted by author and spoken word artist Sheri Booker, who worked with a class of 10th-grade students to develop their voices. This workshop took place during a global pandemic, a national lockdown, and uprisings across the country to end police brutality and structural racism. Read more about the works in this collection, which are artifacts of this period and a true testament to the vision, creativity, and resilience of these students.

Listen to a recording of the following poem above. 

Final Poem

by Kayla Barbee

In madness she lived, please don’t rest
It was painfully quiet
In the tall grass, my heart drops in my chest
Dad should never know, as he would riot

I wish she had stayed
But hearts torn to pieces
Where long lonely strands laid
Her summer love ceases

The summer weeks will pass
She is then let go
Long lonely strands flew gently
From where she used to be

Kayla Barbee was a sophomore at Talented Unlimited High School in NYC at the time of this recording.

You can navigate their individual poems and listen to recordings of them reciting their stellar works below.