Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language.
~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
IMPERFECT features several talented student poets. We appreciate the support of their parents, and, in Andres and Reese's case, of their teacher Susanna Lang.
RYAN WU is a hardworking, fun-loving 12-year-old with a passion for soccer, violin, piano, and
gaming. He lives with a family consisting of one mother, one father, and a younger brother.
Ryan currently resides in Pleasanton, California, attending Thomas Hart Middle School. He is
ecstatic that his poem was accepted for this book.
ANDRES CEJA is a sixth grader at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy. He lives in Chicago with his Mom and Dad and two brothers named Aaron and Alex. At Hawthorne, Andres is an editor of the school literary magazine. This poem is his first ever poem to be published. Other than writing, Andres likes to film sketches. He also swims competitively and competes in water polo.
REESE HOFFMAN is in seventh grade at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy. She lives in Chicago with her sister who also attends Hawthorne Scholastic Academy. At Hawthorne, Reese is an editor of the school literary magazine. This poem is her first publication ever. Outside of writing, Reese runs cross country and track for Hawthorne.