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New Poems Posted on Teen Poems Behind Bars

on June 28, 2015

We have some new poems on the Denney Juvenile Justice Center blog, Teen Poems Behind Bars.

These are from the workshop I did at the beginning of June with the kids. One of the things I noticed when posting the poems is how well they capture the writers’ voices. When I publish the poetry, whether on the blog or in the poetry books, I print them as the kids wrote them. In some cases, I do have to edit a word or two if I can’t read their handwriting or if it simply does not make sense and it seems a word is out of place. But the goal of the poetry is to stay true to the teen’s voices and experiences.

A big shout-out to the teens who worked so hard in the workshop and were willing to write honestly about their lives.

We hope you enjoy these poems:

How? Because…

Resist Temptation

Poetic Justice

Locked Up

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