20 children and 6 adults were tragically murdered inside an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th, 2012. In the wake of this unspeakable tragedy, Power Poetry is offering you a space to express your feelings and honor the victims. With the Sandy Hook Support Slam, you can write or record a poem about Sandy Hook and share it with our community. Once you've posted your poems, Power Poetry's staff members will deliver the poems--both digitally and physically--to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
This is your space to write about what you're feeling--whether it's despair, anger, sadness or rage. It can be difficult to know how you feel when faced with a situation like the one that happened at Sandy Hook. Using words to express yourself can help you identify your emotions and, eventually, support you as you heal. For inspiration, see what the former U.S. Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin, has to say about addressing tragedy through poetry:
We begin to say something that cannot be said. When you see on the front page a woman in Iraq who's just seen her husband blown up, you see her there, her mouth wide open, you know the sound coming out of her, a howl of grief and pain -- that's the beginning of language.
Trying to express that, it's inexpressible, and poetry is really [there] to say what can't be said. And that's why people turn to it in these moments. They don't know how to say this, [but] part of them feels that maybe a poem will say it. It won't say it, but it'll come closer to saying it than anything else will.
We hope this slam does what it aims to do: support the families of the victims at Sandy Hook while also helping you to address this tragedy with creative words and images. Please contact us if you have any comments, questions or concerns.