Since last Friday's earthquake, folks have expressed themselves in different ways. A week later, members of the literary community gathered at the Anchorage Museum for a unique way to have their and museum goers' voices heard. 

"And wanting to create a community experience for expression," said Hollis Mickey, the museum's director of development and engagement. "And thought we could recruit some poet responders just like first responders."


The writers, mostly locally based, would take a word suggestion much like a song request to a radio station and go with it. Their poetry was unique in many ways. It was on-the-spot and on carbon paper. This way, a copy could go to the writer, reader and museum. 

X'Unei Lance Twitchell, a Juneau writer, was on the panel. He called it "old school as far as poetry."

His biggest concern? Hand cramps. 

Here are some of the renditions people read:

     "I thought of my son, my son's family, my family, and the community."   

     "There will be weeks of other shifted stars and sky."

     "There's always a silver lining, always a sun hidden behind dark cloud."

Others who couldn't join the event in-person submitted their poems on Twitter using #poetresponder.


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