Teen Poetry Collections

The House on the Corner 

This is Pongo's first collection of writing by homeless, runaway, and street youth at YouthCare's Orion Center, a drop-in shelter in downtown Seattle, Washington. (YouthCare is a private, nonprofit organization providing shelter, counseling, and other services to homeless youth.)

Many of the Orion teens are living on the streets because of social and familial problems such as poverty, emotional neglect, drug addiction, alcoholism, physical beatings, and sexual abuse. To help the teens write about their lives, Richard Gold volunteered to lead a weekly writing group along with Orion counselor Jennifer Sy. Please read the sample poems below.

This book is Pongo Publishing's first teen publication, printed June 1993. It is currently out of print.

Selected Poems from This Collection

The House On The Corner
Me In The Sea
Canyon Rage
No Love
No More Commitments
Why Do People Fall In Love?
Early Memories

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