Clifton introduces the poem, “Lorena” with a headline: “Woman cuts off husband’s penis, later throws it from car window. —News Report”. Before we can even read the poem, we have questions. How is a woman going t
Clifton introduces the poem with a headline: “Woman cuts off husband’s penis, later throws it from car window. —News Report”. Before we can even read the poem, we have questions. How is a woman going to do that
I was born and raised in mid-Manhattan. I’m good at soccer and I play most days. I also like to hang out with some of my friends after school, and i would only hang out with my friends if i had little h
I am happy about your letter Making Decisions because I thinks it interesting how you have a hard time focusing in school. But it’s important that you treasure school so much so it can help you focus more.
One sentence that i liked was “ treasure school but I’m not really good at staying focused.” I thought it was really interesting that you really enjoyed school but had so much trouble staying focused if it was something you were so interested in.
Another sentence that I enjoyed was “ and i would only hang out with my friends if i had little homework, if i had a lot of homework or a project due, i wouldn’t hang out with my friends or do anything.” This stood out to me because I thought it was interesting how he would hold off on hanging out with his friends just to make sure his grades were good.
Your letter reminds me of something that happened to me. I also enjoy learning and thinks it’s very interesting to learn new things. But sometimes I have comprehending things easily and sometimes need to ask the teacher for help.
Thanks for your writing I look forward to seeing what you will write next. It’s very interesting to learn about all the problems you’ve had with school. It’s also interesting to learn that for you schoolwork always comes first and I look forward to seeing what you will write next.
I am Idrissa sylla your poem is great but you said only said you were born and raised in mid Manhattan i believe many people do not know what’s mid Manhattan so you should give a little more detail about the location on were you were born and raised., “Making Decisions,” because… eventually somebody going to wanna the exact place where you were born and raised.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I also like to hang out with some of my friends after school, and i would only hang out with my friends if I had little homework, if i had a lot of homework or a project due, i wouldn’t hang out with my friends or do anything, the only thing I would do is school related, like staying after school, or going straight home to finish what I need to finish. I can be a responsible kid, only sometimes.” I think this is mature because… most kids are not responsible for anything.
Another sentence that I love is when you said you go to school and you treasure it but you can’t focus. was: “I treasure school but I’m not really good at staying focused.” This stood out for me because…
Your i go to school everyday but most of the times to be honest i really can’t focus because of the people I sit around. reminds me of something that happened to me. One time… what happened to me when I was in class disturbing others from learning so the teacher Randomly called on me to answer some questions because I was not paying attention.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… I really loved the story that i just read of yours but next time make sure to give more details about where you are from..
I am from A place where my house is full of mixed emotions and playing games all the time, where we always do stupid thingsI am from A place where my mother and father are not the same race and I’m a mixed child,
This poem is really interesting. I like how it provides almost two perspectives by showing that the speaker is coming from two different places. However, I can’t tell if it is trying to show that in a positive or negative light. What does this poem mean to you? Like is your thought about it positive, negative, or a little of both?
This is really nicely done. I liked how you stated that there are always perhaps two different feelings or emotions in your house. I would honestly love a longer poem. You stated that you are a mixed child specifically because you have the cultures of Mexico and Ecuador in you. What would be beautiful and awesome to see would be to compare and contrast the cultures of each. Yes they may have some similar aspects, but there are probably many different things that is unique to each cuture.
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