If you don’t read any further, just watch this 13-second video of 10th graders reacting to your comments on the Where I’m From poetry sharing site.
Thank you to everyone who has read and commented on student poems, and to those of you who are still planning to do so! We’ve had comments from professors, researchers, doctors, teachers, Fulbrighters, US Embassy and State Department officials, travelers, proud parents, and many meaningful and rich comments from students at Pawcatuck Middle School in Connecticut.
In the two weeks since launching the site, readers have visited from the US, Vietnam, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, Hong Kong, Palestinian Territories, South Africa and Russia! The students and I appreciate every comment and look forward to reading more.
The site continues to grow. Students in Vietnam are still handing in poems, and I’ve heard from teachers in other schools who are planning on having their students send in poems. Keep reading and commenting, but most of all enjoy the poems!
Here’s another video of students’ reaction to seeing the comments. They were fascinated with the American names.
The university students were also thrilled to see their poems online and read the comments. I was touched by the gifts presented to me and the speeches given by the students. We spent a fair amount of time taking photos outside to remember each other.