Teen Poetry Collections

Like a Monkey Skateboarding on a Banana  

These sample poems were written by teenagers at Child Study and Treatment Center (CSTC), the only state-run residential psychiatric hospital for children in Washington State. A team of Pongo writing mentors worked with the youth within the center’s school program at Firwood Secondary School (Clover Park School District).

During Pongo's projects at CSTC, the young people express themselves on a variety of themes, including abuse, the importance of family, confusion in life, cutting, imaginary worlds, suicidal feelings, and hope; and every year the teens share their writing in a powerful, wonderful poetry finale in front of other teens and staff.

These poems are great. And they are just some of the great poems created in Pongo's writing project at CSTC in the 2010-11 school year!

Sample Poems
My Life #2
You Don't Know Me #2
The Feeling That I'm in Control of My Body
How I Feel Today
You Didn't Believe Me
My Life of Colors
All the Animals I Will Be
Son of Poseidon
Funny Memories
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My Dog Marissa
Things I Would Say to My 14-Year-Old Mom

Leaving Ketron Cottage

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