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Welcome to Public School. We’re glad you’re here.



Public School Poetry was created by a group of poets educated through the public school system. We
hope this online journal embodies the strangeness of public school and the colliding desires to learn,
break rules, skip class, get good grades, see what others are doing, and create new and better spaces.

This journal is a leap of faith and an ongoing experiment. Each contributor of Public School Poetry
agrees to write “a five-paragraph essay,” on another contributor’s poems that we randomly and
anonymously assign them. Poems and essays appear together in each issue.

We know politics cannot be separated from experience. We deeply believe in pluralism and tearing
down hierarchies. We believe in pizza Fridays, and recess, and sharing space. We believe poems create
conversations, that conversations create poems, and that famous and non-famous
folk should have
them together.

Submissions for future issues will open sometime in Fall ’23. We’ll keep you updated.

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