I sit thinking

Thinking if I respect myself

If my temple is truly sacred

If I am filled with the strength of my ancestors

If I am a real woman, a woman of old

If I am the voice of my lost sisters

I sit thinking.

“My Thoughts,” by Ardella Williams, Southwestern High School, Detroit, published in Digging Up, Vol. 7

Check out the great story about our sister program, InsideOut, in this great article from the Detroit Free Press which concludes with a quote from Peter Markus:

“Every student in America — not only in Detroit — needs the kind of exposure to poetics that the InsideOut writers bring to the schools we currently serve. The imagination needs to be fed and fostered, or else it’ll simply dry up and fade away. If you ask a kid to dream, he’ll dream.”

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