Exploring Our Writing Impulses

This month at Refugee FORA, we’ve got a short and sweet five-week mini residency. Our first day was last week! During our first session, students discussed their experiences with poetry (very mixed – some poetry aficionados, others indifferent) before getting into our poem of the day, “Smell is the Last Memory to Go” by Fatimah Asghar. As students read, they circled the words and phrases that most intrigued them, and free wrote in response to them.

No poems from last week, as our emphasis was free writing. We may see some FORA poems in the future, even if some of the students were a little nervous about sharing poetry.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.