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…

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…

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…

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…

Sunshine or Noir?

April 25-26, 2020 In his landmark book about Los Angeles, City of Quartz, Mike Davis begins with the question “Sunshine or Noir?” and this is a question that haunts Los Angeles, and I expect haunts my students: why did you ask us to read Mike Davis? For those who aren’t familiar with Davis, his writing…

The Pest House

April 11-12 2020 In the winter of 2007 we moved from our rented apartment on the hill in Echo Park to a rented house behind Dodger Stadium. I had never known much about the Chavez ravine story before moving there, but once we started walking around Elysian Park and I discovered Don Normark’s photographs of…

Riding Through These Times

March 27, 2020 Today we took the Bus out to pick up supplies at Target. I may have mentioned that we have a1966 VW bus in class—my father’s bus—but here’s a picture for the visual folks out there.  It felt strange riding in the Bus again, so familiar, as this is the Bus of my…

Trust the Journey

Written by an anonymous student, posted by Jenny. If you want to share your experience as this was, just send your thoughts/images to Jenny I don’t really know in what sequence I’m suppose to be writing this but I figured I’d vent a little as well since many are doing that on social media anyways….