Developing the Exhibit
The Power of Place + Past + Poetry
By Andrea Michelbach
During a recent "Race Talk" Potluck, Caprice Hollins, of Cultures Connecting, led participants in a poetry writing exercise. The resulting "I Am From" poems speak to the power of the places and histories that shape each of us.
Pongo Teen Writing uses a similar prompt to create “Where I Come From” poems. As Richard Gold, founded of Pongo, says:
“Where I Come From” is often about more than a place, it’s about something deep in us . . . “Where I Come From” is about who we are.
Where do you come from?
Tell us in the comments. Here are some prompts from Pongo’s website to get you started:
- I’m from a street where _______________________________.
- I’m from a long line of people who ____________________________.
- I come from experiences like _____________________________.