Poetry Heals

King 5 News in Seattle did a news piece on Pongo Poetry.  My blog doesn’t have the capability to embed the video of the show, but I encourage you to click this link and listen to the 7:58 minute video.

The video talks about how the volunteers work with the kids to produce cathartic poetry about the pain they’ve gone through.  You hear glimpses of them talk about what has happened to them and hear recitations of pieces they’ve written that help to excise the past so they can move on to a better future.

http://www.king5.com/video/featured-videos/Poetry-flows-from-teens-behind-bars-141111313.html

“Pongo runs writing projects for youth who’ve suffered childhood traumas, such as abuse and neglect,” says Gold who was named a Microsoft Integral Fellow by the Microsoft Alumni Foundation in 2010 with $25,000 for Pongo.

“We work inside juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, psychiatric hospitals, and other sites. And we particularly focus our work on young people who have a hard time expressing themselves. Our primary purpose is to help our authors understand their feelings, build self-esteem, and take better control of their lives,” says Gold.

Poetry flows from teens behind bars | KING5.com Seattle.

Advertisements

Your comments:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s