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: