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ELLs Academy 2018 Blog

  • 9 months ago

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    Where I'm From Poems by George Ella Lyon and Willie Perdomo Information-grey

    Where I'm From, by George Ella Lyon

    I am from clothespins,
    from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride. I am from the dirt under the back porch. (Black, glistening,
    it tasted like beets.) I am from the forsythia bush
    the Dutch elm
    whose long-gone limbs I remember
    as if they were my own.

    I'm from fudge and eyeglasses,
    from Imogene and Alafair. I'm from the know-it-alls
    and the pass-it-ons,
    from...

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  • 9 months ago

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  • 10 months ago

    "Letter to My Father," Martín Espada Information-grey

    October 2017

    You once said: My reward for this life will be a thousand pounds of dirt
    shoveled in my face. You were wrong. You are seven pounds of ashes
    in a box, a Puerto Rican flag wrapped around you, next to a red brick
    from the house in Utuado where you were born, all crammed together
    on my bookshelf. You taught me there is no God, no life after this life,
    so I know you are not watching me type this letter over my shoulder.

    When I was a boy, you were God. I watched from the seventh floor
    of the projects as you walked down into the street to stop a public
    ...

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  • 10 months ago

    "Nikki-Rosa," Nikki Giovanni Information-grey

    childhood remembrances are always a drag
    if you’re Black
    you always remember things like living in Woodlawn
    with no inside toilet
    and if you become famous or something
    they never talk about how happy you were to have
    your mother
    all to yourself and
    how good the water felt when you got your bath
    from one of those
    big tubs that folk in chicago barbecue in
    and somehow when you talk about home
    it never gets across how much you
    understood their feelings
    as the whole family attended meetings about Hollydale
    and even though you...

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