Avondale-Logandale Elementary, Chicago
Justice equals peace
Hard work, freedom, happiness
Pen-clicking karma
— 8th Grade Class, Room 302

Urban skyscrapers
Peopled with rushing shoppers
Steel-and-glass molé
— 6th Grade Class, Rm. 102

Soccer ’round the field
Skilled players kick, run and shoot
Hands off, Chucky Cheese
— 5th Grade Class, Rm. 202


Harold Washington Library Center Workshop
mountains scratch the moon while a sleeping lion dreams of leaping red deer
— Will Cooper

Say goodbye sadly
But we’ll groove another night
Because we believe
— Sharon F. Warner


Conrad Sulzer Regional Library Workshop
barbecue party
it was delicious and fun
wait a while to swim

we walk in the fall
we can get wet in the rain
we can jump in leaves

Korean American Community Services After School Students

Carter G. Woodson Regional Library NAP Workshop*
Barren wombs for pain
Thrust in chilled breath, warm tears stream
Branches mourning death
— Nyssa Bolden

Indian summer was to bring a joyful warmth instead it brought you
— Judith Bowden

kisses, hugs, mrs. heart-shaped relations entered weakened no pity
— Raymond Collins

street perfection shines
giggles flow from summer
smiles
reaching sky-blue land
— Vanessa Ellis

in the summer rain
hail covers lawns and
sidewalks
alley free of cats
— Renée K. Moore

whispering echoes
October secrets released
sharps never frost lips
— Stephanie Shanks

* This project was supported by a Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP) grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.