Teen Poetry Collections

Love is Like All the Colors of the Doors in Juvie

This is Pongo's seventh 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. Five wonderful adults are responsible for mentoring this Pongo poetry: Ann Teplick (project leader), Charlene Cuhaciyan, Johan Grimsrud, Kate O’Kelley, and Matt Atwood.

This is Pongo’s twelfth teen publication, printed August 2007. The authors in this book are not identified by their real names. 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

The Guy with the Green Eyes
Freeze-Framing My Life
Without a Family
If I Were an Alien
Scrubbing Helplessly

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