Words matter. what we say, and how we say it.
and on Friday, March 17 (the very day that White House released their proposed budget cuts that will axe the National Endowment for the Arts, and Public Radio to name just a couple, Delaware State’s poets laureates Twin Poets, Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills, brought light, love and learning through their words to share with the children at Wilmington Montessori School.
Just another day at work. Another meaningful, joyous, and engaging arts residency as part of the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DIAE). The students at WMS worked with Teaching Artist, George Tietz to create their own poems during a 3 day residency that culminated with a workshop and readings with Al and Nnamdi. and Fun, yes fun. Seeing every hand go up to share a poem about feelings, and thoughts; validating, empowering and fun.
Later that same day I learned that poet Derek Wolcott passed away. Wolcott penned a favorite poems, Love After Love that is tacked up on my studio wall. Listen, and sigh, a wonderful poet has left us, but his words matter, they live on.