In New Planet Classroom Podcast National Youth Poets Demonstrate the Power of Poetry to Unite, Motivate, and Heal Communities
Youth poets Isabella Ramirez, Ethan Wang, Manasi Garg, Madelyn Dietz and Anthony Wiles came together in the new Planet Classroom podcast to talk about their art and reflect on its power to heal in a world facing unprecedented challenges.
Readings by the poets are available on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel. The poets will serve for 1 year as National Student Poets, the highest honor for youth poets presenting original work in the United States.
In the new Planet Classroom podcast, the artists talk about isolation, COVID19 and the power of art to transform. “Humans are naturally inclined towards the arts and we are naturally inclined to always want to express ourselves and have the freedom to express ourselves,” says Manasi Garg. Anthony Wiles, whose poem explores how other nations respond to race and inclusivity, describes his poem as “a plea for help and a plea for freedom,” and a “cry to be seen and to be treated as a human being, and to have your life respected.” Maddy Deitz discusses personal loss during the pandemic and says writing poetry allowed her to grieve.
“I needed to learn that it is okay to just feel. I’m still learning that, but it’s a process, a long one but a good one,” she notes.