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. 

Self Journey

by Michele Torres

Everybody is telling me to act my age
Being 16 I am in a good place
and I am on a journey.
Now in summertime sadness.
I am a delicate flower.

It’s sad but true.
Laying on the sand.
Can the sun rain on me?
Make me feel new.

I never knew who I was.
But I can’t wait to be my new light.
My world, I make on my journey.
I know now nothing can hurt me.

Michele Torres 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.