Edison Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Linda Gosney wanted
her students to "dab" into the poetry of Harlem Renaissance writer
Langston Hughes and the Long Island-born poet Walt Whitman. Gosney
and more than 20 of her Gifted and Talented Education students have
been working on a literature project called "Poetry of the City."
Students have read poems like "I Do Not Like My Father Much" and
"Jazz Makes Me Sing" by Hughes and "O Captain! My Captain!" by
Whitman. Students have been meeting once a week to read poems and
make paintings and posters of cityscapes. Gosney and her students
walked down Brand Boulevard on Monday to look for inspiration in
writing their own "poetry of the city." "Poetry can turn things
around," Gosney said. "I told them, 'Even if you don't like it now,
you will run into these names again.'"