Mixed Media Poems
By Cheyenne Cuthbertson
How often do you get to read poetry from the brain of a real teen? Everyone reads young adult books, but they’re written by adults, so here’s your chance to read poetry from a teen, expressing themself. My work is inspired by prompts given to me by mentors or random thoughts and questions I have about life.
Cheyenne’s Attempt at Erasure Poetry
Black National Anthem
Every voice singing,
to the skies,
the rolling seas
the dark past.
The hope that brought us
the rising sun
our new day.
A Writer’s Eye
A writer's eye is something you've neverseen before and will never see again
A Cat’s Love
I saw a cat A misunderstood cat with a rough tongues thought to be mean Everyone loves dogs they love unconditionally and are just perfect when you train them to be But Cats They are unapologetically themselves, personality and all, wild if they were born that way If a cat loves you then it's meant to be but Is it better to be loved unconditionally cause you feed, care AND you trained them to be or because they just love you.
When I go to weekly pair sessions with my mentor Kaye, or when I follow Mary to hers with Arriel, we always have a prompt. My genre is poetry, so naturally, I make my work into poetry most of the time. The great feedback I received made me decide to put my work together into a mixed media presentation. I was very happy when completing my work because it shows my creativity and hard work.
Meet the Pair
Mentee Cheyenne Cuthbertson & Mentor Kaye Weinstein
Cheyenne’s Anecdote: All the memories you have are historical! Having a mentor and meeting weekly is historical because of the impact they have on your life. Girls Write Now has reached out to girls and women to connect the generations. The program and the people in it help us, teenagers, develop a deeper understanding and experience with writing and what it can do in your life. One of my favorite memories with my mentor is meeting up on a Saturday and getting bagels; on that Saturday we caught up and wrote.
Kaye’s Anecdote: From the moment we first met at the New-York Historical Society, Cheyenne has lifted me up with her enthusiasm, joy, and curiosity toward everything and everyone around her. Since then, we’ve visited what might be every café in the Financial District, exchanged countless cute animal photos, and shared many laughs over swapped writing prompts. I’ve watched Cheyenne develop into a wonderful poet, mentee, and soon-to-be college student and am so proud of all her accomplishments!
Cheyenne Cuthbertson is a class of 2020 Girls Write Now mentee based in Staten Island, NY.
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