Yearlong Mentorship @ South Education Center

With our fall residency complete (more news on that soon), we now shift into a dedicated mentorship role at SEC, working weekly with seven specially chosen students. These students range in age and ability, but all of them bring a profound thirst for expression and creativity. At year's end, each student will have a professionally designed chapbook of their poems in her hands, a culminating product that honors and emboldens each student's journey. Here is a recent poem by 13-year-old standout Tristin, utilizing the abecedarian form and bursting with Tristin's trademark humor: 

The Insomniac
 

The insomniac wants actual sleep

The insomniac wants basic dreams

The insomniac wants continuity

The insomniac wants denim

The insomniac wants eternal heaven

The insomniac wants a facade

The insomniac wants gratitude

The insomniac doesn’t want your help

The insomniac wants investment

The insomniac wants the board game Jumanji

so he can burn it in the bathtub

The insomniac wants kindness in its purest form

The insomniac wants love

The insomniac wants mastery

The insomniac needs to escape his inner Yandere

The insomniac wants honesty to lose its silent H

The insomniac wants the perception to know

what kind of perception he wants

The insomniac wants questions with answers

The insomniac wants revival

The insomniac wants sanity

The insomniac wants trust

The insomniac wants usefulness

The insomniac wants your credit card verification code

The insomniac wants

The insomniac wants no more x’s

The insomniac knows why

The insomniac wants some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s