Verse from young voices

This week’s selected poets range from age 8 to 17. Readers will delight in the freshness, irony and humor in their takes on love, anger, family, nature and writing.

These poems are perhaps the most inspiring of the series, for they remind us that poets — anyone daring to live fully, whatever their age — must look at the world with new eyes. We celebrate and thank the 70-plus young poets who entered the Tribune’s contest!

— Rosemary Wilvert, 2007 San Luis Obispo poet laureate