Unity Days: Nonprofit Hosts Write2Heal 'On the Wings of Unity' Poetry Workshop
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - You don't have to be Maya Angelou or Langston Hughes to express yourself through poetry. Poets in Charlottesville wrote and shared their poems with the community to help heal the pain from the 2017 Unite the Right Rally.
A #TheWrite2Heal workshop took place on Friday at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Downtown Charlottesville. The poems aimed to help inspire the community to gather together ahead of the second anniversary.
Participants wrote different styles of poetry including haiku, tanka and short stories. Each of the poems were written on a feather-shaped piece of paper to go along with the theme 'On the Wings of Unity'. At the end of the workshop, poets glued their poems to a cardinal sculpture in the lobby to be put on display.
"I think writing is another form for everyone to express themselves, to make another connection that is a whole other level than just sitting alone stewing about what's happening in Charlottesville, brewing about what's happening on the news,” said Patsy Asuncion
The workshop was in collaboration with the WriterHouse, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. People can stop the library and glue their poems to the bird. It will be up all month long in the lobby.