One quote from PBS story: “I think what I do is the essence of poetry,” explained Richard Gold. “What so many of us struggle with is the unarticulated emotion in our lives. And when poetry serves that, it’s doing something essential for the person and for society.” What a special time for Pongo, and our message that poetry helps youth suffering from childhood traumas. Pongo is on PBS NewsHour on Monday (unless preempted by breaking news!). Richard Gold founded the Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project in 1992.
More events/news on Pongo:
Video of homeless youth reading at Pongo’s wonderful duckling project at New Horizons Ministries: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/poetry/incarcerated-teens-write-to-free-their-demons-i-could-have-been-beautiful/
The Poet Laureate talks about metaphor in the context of Pongo’s juvie authors: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/poetry/poets-notebook/