During the duration of Shelter in place in Minnesota, I received a Forecast Public Art Mini-Grant for Hope to be able to connect with people every day through poetry. People signed up for a session and I talked with them over the phone about a person in their lives they are missing or loving. After the conversation, I put the phone on speaker so they could hear the typewritter work while they reflected on the person. When the poem was finished, I read it to them outloud, we often cried, and then I put the poem in the mail to the person that inspired it. 

See some examples of the poems here:

© 2020 by Molly Van Avery
Photo Credits: Bruce Silcox, Brooke Ross, Witt Siasoco, and Peter Haakon Thompson
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