Issue #1, September 2023
Congratulations! You made it to Public School Poetry. In our first issue, eight superfine poets share work about desire, death, running, friendship, queerness, teaching, wildfire, the ocean, and Norse mythology with you. And, if that wasn’t enough, they also fearlessly agreed to write a “five paragraph essay” on another contributor’s poems that we, the Public School Poetry Vice Principals, randomly and anonymously assigned them.
We’re interested in the possibilities that come from meeting new people and sitting with their words. And we’re interested in how we might talk about poetry, and the craft of it, in a more immediate, less careerist way. As far as we know, no other journal has ever attempted such an exchange, and, in this issue, these poets have gifted us a new kind of experience.
We’re all learning. We’re all making introductions. Welcome to the club.
Photo by Jennifer Metsker
Sofia says their main concern with the ocean is not about drowning
i buy mums for myself at trader joe’s and
because of this, i am late for the train.
love poem (6/x)
Not A Love Poem (3/x)
Five-Paragraph Essay by Gavin Yuan Gao
This quiet, the kind you find when reading
A Styrofoam Cup
Tonight, I will write
Five-Paragraph Essay by Rachel Richardson
Bzz Bzz I Am Tired
I Didn't Want To Write A Poem
Sonnet For My Bad Knee
Five-Paragraph Essay by Sean Thomas Dougherty
The Rivers Let Me Go Where I Wanted
Five-Paragraph Essay by Steven Leyva
A woman goes for a run
Five-Paragraph Essay by Carlina Duan
Self-Portrait in a Hand-Me-Down Shirt
The Beauty of the Scrapyard
Five-Paragraph Essay by Jennifer Sperry Steinorth
Five-Paragraph Essays by Jason B. Crawford
Moon in the Mouth
Halloween at the Phoenix House Co-op
Were Granny to Speak
Five-Paragraph Essay by Jade Lascelles