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In the last four months of 2007, poet Kwame Dawes traveled back to his home of Jamaica to talk to people on the island who are living with HIV and AIDS. His work was sponsored by the Pulitzer Center, and this site offers a very rich portrait of these people, and as Dawes himself says, "These people taught me how to write about hope." After watching a short introduction narrated by Dawes, visitors can immerse themselves in the site by reading some of the poems Dawes wrote after being on the island, listen to the voices and experiences of those he met during his travel, and also look through an extensive image gallery. One section that should not be missed is the "Vital Voices" area, which includes interviews with people living with HIV and AIDS and those who care bout their well-being and survival. The site is rounded out by a selection of poems set to music and images by composer Kevin Simmonds. [KMG]
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