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A new semester has started. Think about what goals you have set for yourself as a student or teacher.
NPR resident poet Kwame Alexander asks you to think with intention and write a poem about one of your goals.
Keep it to 10 lines or less. The first 6-8 lines are all you have to do for this grade, and the last line or two is the one goal you want to work on.
For inspiration, Kwame Alexander provides an excerpt from Maya Angelou’s poem. women’s work.
I had my children taken care of
clothes to mend
floor to mop
food to shop
then fry the chicken
baby to dry
I got to feed the company
i have a shirt to press
Tots dressing up
cans to cut
I have to clean up this hut
Then look at disease
So what do you want to achieve this year? Set non-negotiable goals.
“Maybe you want to make your classroom more tidy, or show your students a poem,” says Alexander.
“Or I want to read one book every day, or I want to make one person smile every day.” morning paper Host Rachel Martin suggests.
Share your poems using the form below. Next, Kwame Alexander will quote dialogue from a piece of your work and create a poem crowdsourced by the community. The poem will be read on air and published online, with contributors credited.
This callout ends September 1st at 5pm.
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This story was produced for radio by Jivika Verma.