By Vanessa Borjon
I recently brought in a collage poetry writing curriculum to my groups in Back of the Yards and South Shore. My students had been having a difficult time finding a way to put their words to paper, so I thought an opportunity to use appropriated and lifted language to piece together a poem could help with the writer’s block. The results were gorgeous.
I brought in this activity with my students at Sinclair, Second Chance and Sullivan House. We started the group with a poem by Luis Javier Rodriguez, a writer from Chicago. After short discussion and getting the mind inspired, I gave each participant a few print-outs of random words and phrases, brightly colored cardstock, and their new ‘pens’: scissors and glue.