Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies By Elizabeth Life knocks me down so many times, That it felt like I was paying for many crimes, Many people thought that I was a failure, But those were the thought of haters, I started not to care, Because I thought life was unfair, But I got tired of always shedding…

Going Through the City of Riverside

Prior to posting this, I was a bit hesitant because most of the works posted on this student blog were from LA. But after being reassured that it would be fine, I started to feel that it would be interesting to talk about my city, through its past and my life, as it’s considered a…

Los Angeles Through Our Eyes

Class poem 2021, English 2600 class, Literary LA Written by students, arranged by Professor Jenny Hicks (all images except those credited to Marisol=Jenny Hicks, summer 2020) Los Angeles  The city where we all run to for greater opportunities that’ll allow us to flip our life around, where we can drive to mountain tops, visit pretty…

Wild Blue Yonder

This poem was written in 2002 for Dr. Elaine Osio’s Creative Writing class at Cal State LA–I am sharing it here for our Poetry Event in 2021 with Mike the Poet! And My Literary LA class, and all my first year students. Wild Blue Yonder–for my father and his Bus It’s summer and my dad…

Dreamscapes (A Day in L.A.)

Part I Fire, fire, here comes the dawn. It’s a riot, a revolution, a revelation; a natural phenomenon.  East L.A. walked out, Chicanos walk on, our history splashed in murals on walls. Fire, fire, here comes the dawn.  The Watts towers look down upon a medley of faces, of races, all from different places. A…

Springtime on Spring Street

A crisp morning in Downtown Los Angeles. February chills with sunny skies invaded my senses as we walked toward The Gerry Building. The building with rounded corners and curves on Los Angeles Street. Guarded with security on the outside and a checklist to let you through its glass doors. LA’s house of fashion since 1946. buy…

The City of Lynwood

The City of Lynwood: In Remembrance During Quarantine By: Armando Cepeda             We start ourselves in my place of birth, the place I live, the place I stay             City of Lynwood. Never remembered unless you say             It’s right next to Compton or mention Plaza Mexico             Previously known as the Marketplace and then…

My Life Until the Age of Eighteen

Before you read, there are some things you should know. I moved from the Philippines to Los Angeles when I was only six months old, so it’s fair to call this city my home. While I have been living here for most of my life, I am still not a citizen and this dilemma has…

Letter To Our City

Letter To Our City Class poem English 2600 Literary LA Spring 2020 Cal State LA– I wish we could have performed this as a class with Mike Sonksen (Mike the Poet) and Statement Magazine. I wish we could have worked on this and polished it in person. I wish so many things… Los Angeles is…

The Loss

Shared by an anonymous student I’m scared of my own image, All I see is damage, Broken wings, Just like ripped strings, Tears falling down, Yet I drown, Wish it was untrue, Yet it can’t be undue, I’m sick of this scene, Yet im in between, Of this war zone, All alone, I tried to…