QUALM

CALMING

POEMS FOR

QUARAN-TEENS

Calming poetry for teens who are stressed and stuck inside.

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All over the world, spaces for the creative disciplines are shutting down in order to shelter us from the ravaging affects of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Louvre Museum has shut its doors, The American Ballet Theatre has postponed all of its performances and programs until May, and Broadway, a beacon of hope to performers around the globe, has gone dark.

On a smaller scale, the closure of creative spaces and stages touches a lot of teenagers in a personal, irrevocable way. Students in their last year of school before higher education or official entry to the work force, for whom their last high school play, musical, art exhibition, or poetry slam is the artistic and emotional pinnacle of their secondary education, are unable to finish out their official school year. Teenagers, regardless of their grade or relationship with the arts, are finding themselves stuck at home, minds caught up in an uncertain future, and restless bodies trapped in the seemingly stagnant now.

Fortunately, the tradition of poetry still stands. It requires no stage. You don't even have to leave your house to read or write it! When London theatres closed due to the spread of his time's plague, playwright William Shakespeare turned to poetry. Now, so can you.

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