I will be doing a long (10 sessions) poetry workshop in a few weeks. I’m looking for poetry recommendations, either a book or a single poem even. Here’s the catch – the audience is a group of 10 incarcerated boys (men?) aged 16-18. I want to start each session with reading some different poems then I’ll get them writing.
While I have a lot of poetry books on my shelves I wonder if anyone has any favorites they think would work well with this age group and in this situation?
So far in my stack I have:
You Hear Me? By Betsy Franco
The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps by Bill Aguado
What Have You Lost? by Naomi Shihab Nye