Teen Poetry Collections

I Am As Angry As a Boomerang 

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 2009-10 school year!

Sample Poems
Rolling Down on Me
Memories #2 
My Favorite Bird
Deep Inside Me
Under the Bridge
Kittens and Me
Fight to the Death
Death Letter
Why Am I  Angry?
My City
They Won't Stop
What Is Green?
I Lost My Way
If My Fist Could Speak

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