To read some REALLY amazing student-authored writing, including some poetry, head on over to hawknews.org, the home of Kenny Lake School's Writers Workshop. These student authors have PLENTY to be proud of! Spend some time reading their writing, listening to their podcasts, and enjoying their videos. Great stuff.
Finally, because it wouldn't be right to talk about poetry and then not share even a single verse, here is Collins' "Introduction to Poetry." Enjoy!
Introduction to Poetry
I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide
or press an ear against its hive.
I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.
But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.