There is power in print. In art. And getting lost in your craft can allow for an opportunity to escape reality, if only for a brief moment in time.
“The quote that Sierra gave which I think is really powerful is ‘a sense of self in a medical setting is eroded. You can’t envision yourself beyond your medical diagnosis,’” said Wilkson, “being able to write poetry, and to see that poetry be published allows them to reenvision themselves as poets… And published poets! That’s where the real power comes from.”
The finished works are equally as important to the families. ”Almost every year, some of the poems come to us, and the young poets have already passed away,” said Norman, “but the parents have something that was produced and created specifically with their child’s words.
“I printed a poem for a child one year and I went to their 16th birthday party. When he unwrapped his framed copy of his broadside, he teared up. It was just beautiful. It really felt good to me, but his family loved it too. This project has a real reach for everybody that is involved,” continued Norman.