Black Boston: Now & Then: Creative Writing Assessment #1 for Dr. Christopher Madson’s English Language Arts 11 & Advanced Placement Language and Composition


Write a poem that explores your experience of living in Boston today. The only requirement: is that your poem is at least 10 lines in length. And, most importantly, you consider your rhetorical situation (think SOAPSTone) and use a few rhetorical devices and strategies.

“The impatient idealist says: 'Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth.' But such a place does not exist. We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace.” — Chinua Achebe (No Longer at Ease)

“You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” — Malcolm X (Speech, Prospects for Freedom).

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.” — James Baldwin (Fifth Avenue, Uptown. Esquire)

“Misery won't touch you gentle. It always leaves its thumbprints on you; sometimes it leaves them for others to see, sometimes for nobody but you to know of.” — Edwidge Danticat (The Farming of Bones)

“I am an invisible man...I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. ” — Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man).

“For while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn't any other tale to tell, it's the only light we've got in all this darkness.” — James Baldwin (Sonny's Blues)