While I try to catch up this week, I’m going to share a few poetryactions. Hope you like them!
The flap copy of The Harvey Milk Story says, “In making history that day, Minnie Milk’s intelligent, energetic and courageous son showed the world that…” so I assumed the story would involve Milk’s mother. Nope. She is mentioned by name exactly once, and then later, Harvey receives his diploma “while his parents proudly looked on.” I was intrigued by this weird dichotomy between the flap copy and the actual text. (Sometimes I wonder what marketing people are thinking.) I wondered how Minnie reacted to Harvey’s later achievements. I wondered how she felt when she first learned he was gay. I started out to write a poetryaction from the pov of a parent learning that news, but then I went more kid-friendly, with a poem about how you never know what to expect from people…about how they often don’t match your expectations, and that can be such a good thing.