I wrote this piece about growing up and being surrounded by other girls based on my notes app.
Isabel Marks (she/her) is a high school freshman from New York City. Her Scholastic-award winning work can be found in notebooks and laptop folders. She edits for Polyphony Lit, where she serves as a member of the Junior Executive Board. Outside of writing, she likes yogurt, politics and art of all kinds.
This year, I continued to work on a lot of the same ideas I’ve always explored. Idealism, my relationships to other people, and memory are always at the core of my writing. It’s been really interesting to watch my writing style evolve as I explore the same themes—I now gravitate to different styles of poetry and have explored other genres.
What was the worst year of your life? The right answer is 13. Here’s why.
Here’s the only poem I’ve ever written that is good but not about someone I still talk to. Enjoy!