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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 _____________________________.
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