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8:01 am
Sun March 27, 2011

At Washington state's children's psych hospital: poets and Pongo

Poems are typed or written by hand by kids at the Child Study and Treatment Center in Lakewood.
Florangela Davila KPLU

Some of Washington’s toughest kids, at the toughest moments in their lives, are locked-up at the only state-run children's psychiatric hospital. They spend their time as residents, patients and students. And on occasion, they also get to be poets, working with the non-profit Pongo Teen Writing Workshop.

The weekly writing workshop unfolds in an ordinary classroom: five kids paired up with five adult mentors.

The mentors ask questions: How are you feeling? What's on your mind? They type up the answers and then flesh them into verse.

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