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Teens

Poem Sampler
By Karen Glenn

Stars and trees and birds, oh my!

Podcasts

Poems for Teens
    • poem
      By Kevin Young
      is music??? is men
      off early from work??? is waiting
      for the chance at the chair
      while the eagle claws holes
      in your pockets??? keeping
      time??? by the turning
      of rusty fans??? steel flowers with
      cold breezes??? is having nothing
      better to do??? than guess at the years
      of...

    • poem
      By Langston Hughes
      I, too, sing America.
      I am the darker brother.
      They send me to eat in the kitchen
      When company comes,
      But I laugh,
      And eat well,
      And grow strong.

    • poem
      By Nikki Giovanni

      This is for the Pullman Porters who organized when people said
      they couldn’t. And carried the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago
      Defender to the Black Americans in the South so they would
      know they were not alone. This is for the Pullman Porters...

Featured Poet: Sylvia Plath

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Featured Videos

    • Illustration of Gwendolyn Brooks at her typewriter
      Video
      From Poem Videos

      Using simple, illuminative paper-cut puppetry, this enchanting video imagines the moment of witness that inspired Gwendolyn Brooks to write her landmark poem, “We Real Cool.”

    • Black and white still frame of a cabin in a forest with snow.
      Video
      From Poem Videos

      Created in partnership with Motionpoems, this meditative film explores the beauty and surprise of the unseen.

    • Image from the film adaptation of Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Famous”
      Video
      From Poem Videos

      Created in partnership with Motionpoems, this film adaptation of Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Famous” meditates on the human desire to be seen and the individualized ways in which we define recognition.

    • Black and white abstract still frame.
      Video
      From Poem Videos

      Created in partnership with Motionpoems, this animated film explores the complex and multifaceted beauty that can be overlooked by unobservant eyes.

    • Illustration of giant walking through small village.
      Video
      From Poem Videos

      Created in partnership with Motionpoems, this animated film explores Rhina P. Espaillat’s meditative poem on the cycle of life and the beauty and wisdom that accompany aging.

    • Illustration of America in blue with orange text reading "learning to love America"
      Video
      From Poem Videos

      Created in partnership with Motionpoems, this animated film explores the interplaying identities of country and family.

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