Family expectations. Fear. Uncertainty. Some of the many negative thoughts that flow in a teenager’s mind. Cue art, a community, a tool, and a coping mechanism that changed a girl’s life.
Poetry is not confined to books. It does not strictly belong to a seventeenth-century British poet and his endless sonnets. Poetry is the ache of a single mother’s back, the slight brush of your crush’s hand against yours, the tears in your eyes when you kiss your old life goodbye and embrace your new one. Poetry is people and more importantly, poetry is you.
—Mentee Kilhah St. Fort
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Thanksgiving at my aunt’s house in Greenpoint is an entirely memorable experience due to the eccentric details filling every room for an environment reflecting my aunt’s comforts and conflicts.
Greenpoint is a magical place, tucked away at the very Northern tip of Brooklyn, where it borders Queens and the East River. The transport isn’t always favorable, but Greenpoint’s beauty is apparent as stunning views...
I first started out with just a rush of memories of the garden, then I organized those memories into seasons and turned five pages from my collage journal into representations of those seasons and memories.
I put together this collection of photos as a tribute to the places that are part of my life and feel like home. For me, home is both places and emotions. That is why I...
No matter the obstacle, if you believe in yourself and focus on where you want to be, you will be the rose that overcame all odds.
Felicity Quinton never would have thought babysitting her sister’s children would result in a wild goose chase around New York City. But, life is full of surprises (tall, dark, and handsome surprises).
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I am showcasing my love for Black features, our hair, skin, and lips. They are often portrayed in a positive light when they are on white bodies, but they should be celebrated on our bodies.
Explore the beauty of love alongside its downfall… Only love someone who can love you back… the same way…
This poem explores the interpersonal and intrapersonal dialogue of someone being harassed on the street.
A poem about witnesses who have kept their mouths shut.
This poem is a climate-change activism piece that follows mother nature’s crystalized tears as they pelt down on Earth, causing a blackout in a hospital where a guilt-ridden man awaits death.
A short poem from the thoughts of a Black girl
I’ve always had glasses, to me it offers me separation, protection in a world full of chaos and injustices. This is a poem about overcoming vulnerabilities, seeing the unfiltered world, and molding a better world.
“Mind Your Business” discusses various social justice issues with regard to people involving themselves in things that don’t concern them.
Desire. Loss. And then what? The poem weaves those ideas together.
We all come from somewhere, but that doesn’t mean we all belong somewhere. It took me a while to learn where I’m from, so now its time to learn where I belong.
A broken Princess discovers a power that she held in herself from the beginning… But most importantly- Who Is This Princess?
A poem written on the eve of my 17th birthday after realizing what womanhood might mean for me.
I wrote this piece about growing up and being surrounded by other girls based on my notes app.
This piece takes a deep dive into societal expectations while emphasizing the importance of asking for help. Everyone, even someone who doesn’t look like it, needs support.