JUDY SIROTA ROSENTHAL PHOTO

Anthony Duff. JUDY SIROTA ROSENTHAL PHOTO

Salwa Abdussabur.

Salwa Abdussabur. JUDY SIROTA ROSENTHAL PHOTO

Harsh, pink light fell over Garth Harries’ face as he approached the microphone. He blinked, drew back, came closer. A bead of sweat had formed at the left corner his forehead. He wasn’t facing a Board of Ed grilling, though. Not angry parents, either. This was the beginning of a poetry jam, and Harries was about to get serious — very serious — with the words of poet Mary Oliver in a tribute to Jericho Scott….

The words continued to pour forth Friday night at the New Haven Museum. As close to 40 students from James Hillhouse High School, Riverside Academy, New Horizons, High School in the Community, Wilbur Cross, Career High School, New Haven Academy, Metropolitan Business Academy, Co-Op, Sound School, Common Ground, Dixwell New Light, Hyde School, ESUMS, Amistad Academy, and Eli Whitney shared their writing over almost three hours, stories of friends and colleagues taken much too soon filled the New Haven Museum’s second floor space.

Read more about The Word: A Youth Poetry Jam. Common Ground students Anthony Duff, Salwa Abdussabur, Tori Santos, Idonia Thomas, and Fiona Kelly represented Common Ground High School.

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