Late in December we held our annual Poetry Reading at Commodore Sloat Elementary School in San Francisco. The audience of second graders was polite and quiet while the third grade poets shared their pieces.

Below is a selection of poems written during our Poetry Residency at Commodore Sloat. The students imagined what lives inside their hearts; personified peace; composed letters to animals, and even wrote about shoelaces! All in all, the works are a mixture of wild imagination, silliness and profound honesty - a true representation of childhood.

Sloan, Audrey, Julian, Mackenzie, Maya, Nathan and William reading their poems: