Teen Poetry Collections

Because I Didn't Know the True
Meaning of Love

This is Pongo's fourth collection of writing by teens in King County Juvenile Detention in Seattle. These youths are awaiting trial or serving sentences for a variety of offenses, from running away and truancy to prostitution, shoplifting, drug-dealing, and violent crimes. Pongo worked during the detention school program (Seattle Public Schools) and within the detention library (King County Library system) to help the teens write about their lives. Richard led the project and worked with five wonderful writing mentors: Ann Teplick, Carol Goth, Frederick Bryan, Mary Coleman, and Tesmer Atsbeha.

This is Pongo's ninth teen publication, printed July 2004. The authors in this book are not identified by their real names. Details in the writing have also been changed to protect the privacy and confidentiality of our authors and their families.For more explanation of the project's context (and magnificent supporters), you can read the book's Preface. Please read the sample poems below!

Selected Poems from This Collection

Lost Memories

Things That Are Broken
Ocean, Wall, and Pond
I Didn’t Like It, But I Did It
Life’s Complications
Running Away
If God Were Looking at My Life

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