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Table Of Contents

Notes from the “Writing Room”
A Poem Dedicated to Ditiyan
Mirror
4 K-Haikus
Basketball
One More Loved One Gone
Mama On My Case
Another Day Another Dollar
Excerpts from a Life Ended Too Soon
Parents Don’t Understand
American Dream
Nursing Degree For Me
Under the Banner of Peace
Revenge
God’s Promises Are Like Stars
Thank You For Your Time
Family
Sports
Generations
The Struggle
Deadlines
The Language of Freedom
On Being a Junior
New To America
Nobody Understands Me
Family Is Very Important To Me
Life is Too Good
Growing Up In Oakland
Respecting Grandpa
The Nerd?
Shy Girl
Never Say Goodbye (Dedicated to Tang)
Close My Eyes and Count To Three
My Struggle is Over
Wake Up Call
Just Another Human Being
Middle Child
Sunfower Seeds
Losing A Friend
Close Your Eyes and Dream
Close your eyes and dream
Music Gives Comfort and Confdence
Dreams
What is Love?
A Life That is Not My Life
Role Model
Forgiveness
On Being a Senior
Becoming A Photojournalist
Success
Success,
Shadow Day
Anything is Possible
Letter to Ms. Rhymes
Forgiveness & Moving On
I am the American Dream
To Live the American Dream
“Go Javonte Go!”
Dear Freshmen,
Making My Family Proud
Music
Economic Struggles
Self-Motivated
Upward Bound
Anger
My Grandmother’s Story
Life Underwater
The Most Important Thing to Me
Entering Oakland
Act Right
No Way Out
Mountain Climber
The World I Come From
Walking These Oakland Streets
The day I knew I was loved
Speaking My Truth is the Only Way
Budding Freshman
Things That Go Unsaid
Unnecessary Encore
Silent Violence
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Write to Live

Write to Live

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I was born and raised in Oakland, CA and attended Oakland Public Schools, K-12. Oakland life is a complex movie- full of depth and scenes that are high and low, ever evolving and impactful to all who witness the plot unfold again and again. For many of us, we live in Oakland but at the same time we are surviving Oakland. Our most powerful weapons are not guns or basketballs. No. Our most powerful weapon is our voice. Our leaping, twirling, voices of maniacal poise. A collective voice that over and over again rings undeniable and raw, truthful and compas-sionate. Reading through these pages I felt a sense of real pride and renewed hope. For these young people are a continuum of a great natural force in Oakland and an example to the peers who share common narratives around the world.—Ise Lyfe HBO DEF PoetCommissioner of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the City of Oakland, CAThis book depicts the painful psalms of children in a Society gone astray. These are our children and they will construct the world of tomorrow. If that future world is not to our liking and alien to us, it is what we deserve unless we take action to change what is happening around us. This book ‘Write to Live’ exposes us to what some children endure as a ‘rite of life.’—Guy Johnson, author of Standing at the Scratch Line and Echoes of a Distant Summer
I was born and raised in Oakland, CA and attended Oakland Public Schools, K-12. Oakland life is a complex movie- full of depth and scenes that are high and low, ever evolving and impactful to all who witness the plot unfold again and again. For many of us, we live in Oakland but at the same time we are surviving Oakland. Our most powerful weapons are not guns or basketballs. No. Our most powerful weapon is our voice. Our leaping, twirling, voices of maniacal poise. A collective voice that over and over again rings undeniable and raw, truthful and compas-sionate. Reading through these pages I felt a sense of real pride and renewed hope. For these young people are a continuum of a great natural force in Oakland and an example to the peers who share common narratives around the world.—Ise Lyfe HBO DEF PoetCommissioner of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the City of Oakland, CAThis book depicts the painful psalms of children in a Society gone astray. These are our children and they will construct the world of tomorrow. If that future world is not to our liking and alien to us, it is what we deserve unless we take action to change what is happening around us. This book ‘Write to Live’ exposes us to what some children endure as a ‘rite of life.’—Guy Johnson, author of Standing at the Scratch Line and Echoes of a Distant Summer

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