Teen Poetry Collections

A Salty Longing 

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 2005!

Sample Poems
What Happened to Jimmy
Where I Come From
About Life
Pilondial Cyst
I Like to Read
Salty Longing
The Mom with No Fear

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