Beautifully Ugly L.A.

Class Poem from English 2600, Literary L.A. Spring 2022 Oncoming cars dash Look at your blindside quickly You don’t want to crash. (Edgar) The city of Los Angeles A place where it’s never quiet From the cars on the freeway To the people walking the street with Signs. The families in the parks playing to…

Belonging

Poem by Sam Campbell, English 2600, Fall 2021 Belonging is still foreign to me  For I was non-native and non-Mexican  Attending a school where the walkouts are fondly remembered  And the chants of “Si se puede!” still ring through the halls  Of the second oldest high school in Los Angeles  The Hispanic culture has a…

There’s No Angels in Los Angeles

Poem by Daniela Alvarez, English 2600, fall 2021 There’s No Angels In Los Angeles Los Angeles What’s so great about it? It’s filled with lies and crimes A stolen land thanks to Christopher! Some are born here, some come here Hoping for a better life, but what’s better than your actual home? I was born…

The Untold LA

Class Poem for English 2600, fall 2021 Sunlight and hidden shadow combined and separate, (Julia) Not everyone understands the struggle, but everyone has a goal. (Sarahi) Los Angeles is like a mystery box A person can have a negative or positive view To criticize the problems like air pollution, homelessness, and poverty To capture the…

The Devil’s Whispers

By Elizabeth POEM: THE DEVIL’S WHISPERS Poem: The Devil’s Whispers Sometimes we feel so alone, Like no one understands us, Sometimes we get lost in our thoughts, Feeling like we are locked up in a cage, And there’s no escape, Sometimes we feel like we are stuck in the darkness, With no light to guide…

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…