Poetry is one of the most powerful ways to describe a human experience. Rooted in verse, poetry is defined as writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound and rhythm. In times of joy and hardship, poetry can help people to express complex emotions.
In Girl for Sale, poetry is used to draw the visitor closer to the experience of girl trafficking. The poetry included in this exhibition was written by professional Poets writing about the subject and the girl Survivors of trafficking.
In January 2011, the American Poetry Museum provided four poetry writing workshops to girls from Interstages, an all-girls mentoring organization in Washington D.C. Aside from the girls creating poetry about human trafficking, they also received workshops from FAIR Fund, a nonprofit that promotes awareness and education about human trafficking. Poetry created from these workshops will be added soon to the exhibition.