Teen Poetry Collections

My Passion Leaps Out Toward the World

This is Pongo's sixth 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. Six wonderful adults are responsible for mentoring this Pongo poetry: Ann Teplick (project leader), Leslie Bourgoin, Kiana Davis, Dana Elkun, Martha Linehan, and Paul Rathgeb.

This is Pongo’s eleventh teen publication, printed August 2005. The authors in this book are not identified by their real names. Please read the sample poems below!

Selected Poems from This Collection

Not Feeling Cared For
What I Want 
Through the Window

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