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My Name What does my name mean? My name means illuminating and shining. Am I this illuminating or shining person? Do I stand out more than others? What are characteristics of this type of person? This type of person is not afraid to stand out and it very confident. Someone who doesn’t fit in with everyone else and is okay with that. I asked a few of my friends if the meaning of my name fits who I am and they all agreed that my personality fits the meaning of my name.  They see my name, and me like bright, shining stars on a dark night. If I were to ask myself this question I would say that I am always smiling and trying the make others happy but not quite this illuminating and shining person. Someone illuminating and shining would be quite different from my qualities.. Above I mentioned that someone with that type of personality is very confident and isn’t afraid to stand out. I think that this quite the opposite of who I am not someone who likes to stand out. I always try my very best to blend in with the crowd. Do I like my name? If I  think about it, I really like the way my name sounds. I also really like the meaning to it. Something that I don’t like about my name is how many other people have the same one as me. I have met and known people with the same name as me and it makes me feel as if I am the same person as them. I want a bright name, were people actually think when they hear my name. I feel like names should represent who you are as a person, but if more than one person has the same name as you, it makes you feel like you are just like everyone else. When I sat down and talked to my parents about my name, they said that I was named a'er our spiritual leader’s wife, Her Highness Princess Inaara. I think this is why so many other people have the same name as me. But this made me feel like my name was more special considering I was named a'er a Princess. When my parents named me, they wanted me to grow up as an illuminating and enlightening person, someone who would help others. I think this is also an excellent way to explain me. I do enjoy helping people because it makes me feel proud of myself. This affects my identity because I like to help people and this makes me a good person.

Dedication This is dedicated to my parents who were always and still there for me when I need them...o

Found Poems

Photo Credits: Lauren LaValley

Poem By: Joyce Ebrecht

Analysis:  Whether  I  am  in  B.C.  or  Mexico,  the  beach  is  somewhere  I  can  release  all  my   nega<ve  energy.  Some  music  and  sun  is  just  what  does  it  for  me.  Each  line  on  each  stanza   starts  the  same  way  (line  1  on  all  stanza  are  the  same).  You  can  also  no<ce  that  the  last   lines  of  each  stanza  are  different.  But  when  you  read  only  those  lines  all  together,  it  sounds   like  a  poem  itself  about  love.  Some  metaphors  that  she  uses  are  things  like  saying  that  “love   is  strong”  and  “holding  hands  with  happiness.”  

Little Joys These little joys Will keep me moving No one can take them away. This tiny heart Will keep on ticking No one can stop it anyway.

Poem by: tirupathi Chandrupatla Analysis: The author did a very good job with using metaphors. For example, he explained how little joys keep him moving and how no one can take those ‘little joys’ away. He also says how “this tiny heart will keep on ticking.” This poem is a very short for inspiring poem. It is talking about how little joys keep him moving and no one can take those joys away from him. I can relate to this because I go through a lot of bad moments in life but it is the little joys that keep me up and moving.

I was seven years old, when I got my first pair And I stepped outside And I was like, "Momma, this air bubble right here, it's gonna make me fly" I hit back-court and when I jumped, I jumped, I swear I got so high I touched the net, "Mom, I touched the net," this is the best day of my life


Air Max's were next, That air bubble, that mesh The box, the smell, the stuffin', the tread, At school I was so cool I knew that I couldn't crease 'em My friends couldn't afford 'em Four stripes on their Adidas On the court I wasn't the best, but my kicks were like the pros Yo, I stick out my tongue so everyone could see that logo Nike Air Flight, but that was so dope And then my friend Carlos' brother got murdered for his Fours*, whoa See he just wanted a jump shot, but they wanted his Starter coat, though Didn't wanna get caught, from Genesee Park to Othello You could clown for those Pro Wings, with the Velcro Those were not tight I was trying to fly without leaving the ground, Cause I wanted to be like Mike, right Wanted to be him, I wanted to be that guy, I wanted to touch the rim I wanted to be cool, and I wanted to fit in, I wanted what he had, America, it begins I want to fly Can you take me far away? Give me a star to reach for Tell me what it takes And I'll go so high I'll go so high My feet won't touch the ground I stitch my wings And pull the strings I bought these dreams That all fall down We want what we can't have, commodity makes us want it So expensive, damn, I just got to flaunt it Got to show 'em, so exclusive, this that new shit A hundred dollars for a pair of shoes I would never hoop in Look at me, look at me, I'm a cool kid I'm an individual, yeah, but I'm part of a movement My movement told me be a consumer and I consumed it

Photo credits: Inaara Kanji They told me to just do it, I listened to what that swoosh said Look at what that swoosh did See it consumed my thoughts Are you stupid, don't crease 'em, just leave 'em in that box Strangled by these laces, laces I can barely talk That's my air bubble and I'm lost if it pops We are what we wear, we wear what we are But see I look inside the mirror and think Phil Knight tricked us all Will I stand for change or stay in my box These Nikes help me define me, but I'm trying to take mine off

I want to fly Can you take me far away? Give me a star to reach for Tell me what it takes And I'll go so high I'll go so high My feet won't touch the ground I stitch my wings And pull the strings I bought these dreams That all fall down It started out with what I wear to school That first day, like these are what make you cool And this pair, this would be my parachute So much more than just a pair of shoes Nah, this is what I am What I wore, this is the source of my youth This dream that they sold to you For a hundred dollars and some change Consumption is in the veins And now I see it's just another pair of shoes

Analysis: This is one of my favorite songs written and rapped Macklemore. Even though this is not a poem in the traditional sense, there was a good use of literary elements, such as metaphors. And example would be, “this air bubble right here, its gonna make me fly / Consumption is in the vein.” These two lines really enforce the message that the song is trying to give out. In the chorus Macklemore uses parallelism. He starts off each sentence in that stanza saying, “I wanted to… I wanted to… I wanted to…” Since this is a song, Macklemore wanted to use parallelism to make it catchy and have rhythm. The song “Wing$” is about the pursuit of identity through the means of consumerism, using logos, labels and brands to make you happy. This song is also about going for your dreams and never giving up.

Poem by: Lucille Clifton Analysis:  This  poem  had  a  lot  of  great  parts.  I  really  liked  the  use  of  metaphors.  For  example,   “these  hips  have  never  been  enslaved/these  hips  are  magic  hips.”  This  really  helped   emphasize  the  message  of  the  poem,  which  I  think  is  about  not  leQng  your  flaws  geQng  in   the  way  of  what  you  love  to  do.  This  would  be  the  theme.  The  way  I  would  see  the  poem’s   tone  would  be  confidence  because  the  poem  is  sending  a  message  to  be  confident  to  maUer   what.  There  also  was  a  lot  of  parallelism  being  used.    The  sentences  started  a  lot  with  “these   hips.”  At  the  end,  the  author  uses  a  simile  when  she  says  “spin  him  like  a  top.”  Lucille  CliWon   has  made  a  simple  but  powerful  poem  that  really  speaks  to  me.  

Mother I love you Mother you taught me How to walk Mother you taught me How to talk Mother you showed me How to move Mother you showed me How to love Mother you taught me How to give Mother you taught me How to live Mother you made me What I am Mother I love you Here I am

Analysis: My mom has always been with me through everything in life. This poem represents the relationship with my mother and it explains how my mother made me who I am today, The poet starts every second with “Mother you” and the rest with “how to”. A metaphor is used in the 13th and 14th line, “Mother you made me what I am.” She made me Who I am today instead of what I am. The theme I got form this poem was that mothers are always there for you and they teach you the right form wrong. The words after “Mother you” were always “taught” or “showed” which really says a lot about the theme. Overall, I really enjoyed this poem and found that it really spoke to me. Poem by: Rebecca Paul Photo credits: Ashif Kanji

Written poems

Photo Credits: Inaara Kanji

Analysis:  Through  this  poem  you  can  easily  see  the  frustra<on  of  the  poet   of  our  society  and  how  she  feels.  She  used  quite  of  few  poe<c  elements.   Some  metaphors  she  used  were,  “somedays,  I  feel  like  leaving  this  world/ the  feeling  of  being  alone,  no  one  by  your  side/I  feel  like  I’m  falling  in  a   deep  dark  hole.”  She  uses  repe<<on  when  she  says  pain  three  <mes.  She   uses  parallelism  twice  when  she  starts  off  the  sentence  with  “this  feeling”   and  “where  people.”  The  tone  of  this  poem  would  be  very  sad  and  mellow.   It  seems  like  a  very  slow  poem.      

Poem by: Inaara Kanji

Through  this  poem,  it  is  obvious  that  the  author  finds  music  inspiring  to  her.    Music  is  a   big  part  of  her  life  and  it  keeps  her  up  and  going.  She  uses  parallelism  throughout  the   whole  poem  by  star<ng  off  each  sentence  saying  “Music  is  not  something  that…”  In  the   last  sentence  she  breaks  the  parallelism  by  star<ng  the  sentence  off  in  a  different  way.     The  author  did  a  good  job  with  using  line  length  the  make  the  poem  into  a  shape  (a   music  note).  Music  is  something  that  I  can  really  connect  to  but  with  a  beat!  That’s  is  why   at  the  end,  she  says,  “But  it  is  music  that  speaks  my  words.”     Poem by: Inaara Kanji

He is... Being just fourteen and falling in love Our relationship makes my life complete  A little angel sent from high above I might as well give him a tasty treat He is my adorable pride and joy He takes all the worries out of my life My, oh my, how he is just the best boy  Always peace and harmony, never strife He treats me with respect and loyalty  Makes me happy, joyful and always smile He makes me feel like I am royalty This boy also makes everything worthwhile This dog named Buddy, oh I love so much He is very furring, and loves to ruff

Analysis: The poet started off with making the readers think that the dog was a man that she very much loved. Then at the rhyming couplet, she reveled that it was only a dog after all. The theme of this poem would be the love for her dog and how they love each other. The poet uses an abab rhyming scheme and at the rhyming couplet uses two rhymes in a row. She does this so that the readers do not loose interest of the poem and so that there is a little bit of rhythm. She also uses some metaphors like, “He makes me feel like I’m royalty/a little angel sent from above/out relationship makes my life complete.” The author was trying to express the love for her dog and she was trying to explain that even though the love for her dog isn’t a big deal to everyone else, it is sure a big deal for her. Poem by: Inaara Kanji Photo Credits: Inaara Kanji

Analysis: School is very important to the poet and it is were all her memories are made. Inaara uses a conceit when saying, “to me, school is a ticket to a better life.” The poet used this conceit to emphasize how much she enjoys and takes school seriously. She also uses an allusion when saying, “listen to Macklemore music.” Inaara uses parallelism when starts off her sentences with the word, “to” The poem did not use a rhyming scheme but she did rhyme when saying, “we get friends, friends that are there till the end.” Poem by: Inaara Kanji Photo credits: Jennifer Belcher

Summer only comes once a year and it feels like it flies by. I chose this poem because Summer is my favourite time of the year and I miss it very much. Like in traditional haikus, the author did include some sort of punctuation and a season; Summer. She also uses some metaphors like, “sun falls on my skin” and “fresh warm breeze flows through my hair.” She also had each line with 5,7 and 5 syllables.

Poem by: Inaara Kanji Photo Credits: Inaara Kanji

All About Me How do people view me? People see my identity in very different ways but through my poems, I show them what my identity really is. “In school we learn, learn new things everyday, we get friends, friends that are there till the end,” my favorite line from the poem, “In school” how over the years, school has impacted who I am. This and many other poems I chose to put in my anthology shows you I am and what my identity looks like. Most of the poems in my anthology are about enjoyment and entertainment. Not only did these poems talk about things that I enjoy but they also talk about how that affects a lot of things in my life. One of the poems is about enjoying at the beach. For me, I do enjoy a lot at the beach but it also takes all the stress out of my mind and relaxes me significantly. A lot of my other poems are about love. Love to my family, friends and even music! “Thanks for loving me to no end, Thanks for being my loving mother, Thanks for being my thoughtful friend.” This is a line from my absolute favorite poem, “Thanks a lot, Mom.” This is a poem that really explains how gracious I am for my mom and what she has done for me throughout my life. “But it is Music that speaks my words,” a line from the poem “But it is Music…” This piece of poetry is also about love, but not love for a person. This poem represents my identity because it explains desire for music. Most of my poems are all positive but I do have some poems written about some struggles of life. “This feeling of being alone, no one by your side” from the poem, “This Feeling.” This piece of poetry explains how I feel when I am upset. It explains how I feel about our world today and the society that we live in, where people don’t accept you for who you are. This is more of a sad poem and different people have different emotions when reading it. I personally, can connect to this because it represents my identity. Summer. A time that I can relieve my mind from stress. This is my favorite time of the year and I can relate to a poem called, “Summer Vibe.” This connects to another poem called “Beach Chairs.” I can connect to these two poems in the same way. It is a stress-free time where I can just kick back and relax. This is also the time where I get to do all of my thinking and release negative energy. “He takes all the worries out of my life.” This is quote from the poem, “He Is…” This rhyme starts off by having the readers think that “he” is a man, but at the rhyming couplet, the author reveals that the man is actually a dog that she loves very much. A message that I can really connect to is the one given out in the poem, “Homage to my Hips.” The message that this poem is trying to give out would be that no matter what you look like on the outside, shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love to do and expressing your inside. One of the poems I chose wasn’t a traditional poem. This is actually a song, but still considered poetry. This song is called “Wing$”, which is one of my favorite songs. Consumerism is what takes over this world today and what this poem talks about. It is saying how labels do not represent who you are and how money can’t buy happiness. “Little Joys” is a short and sweet poem talking about how only the little joys in life keep them going. Through this, I hope you understand who I am and my identity!

Photo CreditsL Jada Brisebois

Bibliography Chandrupatla, Tirupathi. "Little Joys." Poem Hunter. 13 Sept. 2013 < poem/little-joys/>.  Clifton, Lucille. "Homage to My Hips." Poem Hunter. 11 Sept. 2013 <http://>.  Ebrecht, Joyce. "Beach Chairs." Poem Hunter. 13 Sept. 2013 < beach-chairs/>.  Paul, Rebecca. "Thanks A lot, Mom." Poem Hunter. 17 Sept. 2013 < poem/thanks-a-lot-mom/>.  ""Wing$" Lyrics." A-Z Lyrics. Ed. Alex J. Ryan Lewis. 11 Sept. 2013 < lyrics/macklemore/wing.html>. Pictures:

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Photo Credits: Inaara Kanji

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