2013-06-28 / Community

PS/MS 114 Poets Read Their Works

By Dan Guarino

“You are writing history,” said PS/MS 114 Writing Teacher Joan Diehl. “Your words will echo down the centuries, whenever people read about Superstorm Sandy,” she noted, referring to students who had gathered to read their works on Sunday, June 23rd. A capacity crowd filled the MoMA PS1 VW Dome to hear the young writers present their poetry and prose.

School Principal Stephen Grill also spoke briefly, noting that although many were confused and frightened after the storm, the writing of these students was an inspiration to all.

The event was attended by classmates, teachers, families, friends and many members of the community.

Each student addressed the audience and confidently read their work which addressed their thoughts and feelings about the hurricane and its aftermath.

Many of their words had also appeared in various editions of The Wave, a newspaper Diehl thanked in her opening remarks.


A capacity crowd filled the MoMA Dome on Sunday, June 23rd, for a reading of original works by the students of PS/MS 114. A capacity crowd filled the MoMA Dome on Sunday, June 23rd, for a reading of original works by the students of PS/MS 114. Addressing the future of Rockaway and the school’s students lives in it, she said “We will stay. We will rebuild. And we will give it back to them- brand new.”

Among the many heartfelt works read, the closing of A Prayer For Rockaway by Victoria Pajkowski may have summed up the mood of the gathering best.

“Please bless her and watch her,” she wrote, “as she travels through nature’s challenges.

Her heart is my heart

And she has given a piece of her heart to you

Let the sun shine on her

And she will have happiness back in her life.

Thank you, God, Amen.”

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