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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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