A new poster series that has just been installed on Muni platforms along the T-Line features poems by a group of San Francisco teenagers about their experiences -- good and bad -- in San Francisco.
The poems are part of a new creative writing series dubbed "This is Where: Poems on Place and Memory" by WritersCorps, the award-winning creative writing program. The poems are written by those who participated in workshops at College Track, an educational nonprofit based in Bayview-Hunters Point.
Seven youth, ages 14-17, wrote about their memories tied to specific places in San Francisco, many of them in the Bayview. As Cris Freeman, 15, writes in his poem, "You are a Boy":
You are a boy.
You hear cars
doing donuts in the middle of the street.
Right after, you hear gunshots.
You run into your grandfather's room.
You smell fruit, Sprite, and aftershave.
"These poems are not just memories, but tell the histories and rich experiences of San Francisco's young people," said WritersCorps Program Manager Melissa Hung.
Some of the poems are tender or sad, while others are uplifting. Nehad Abdelwahhab, 17, writes in "Learning to Fly":
This is the city where I found my voice
Here I opened my mouth
And to my amazement lyrics bled forth
Illustrator and graphic artist Joy Liu designed the posters, which feature portraits by photographer Damien Maloney. They were printed with support from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and will be on display from mid June to mid July.