As part of the 2021 Dear Poet project, students around the country and the world wrote letters to Angelo Geter in response to a video of him reading his poem “Wonder Woman” aloud. Angelo Geter wrote letters back to five of these students; their letters and his replies are included below.
Angelo Geter also wrote a response to all of the participants of this year's Dear Poet project.
It was an absolute pleasure reading your letters. It was absolutely inspiring to see how my poem “Wonder Woman” impacted so many of you. When I wrote this poem I never imagined the impact and reach it would have. Thanks so much for the love. As you can tell, my mom is the most influential person in my life and was the inspiration for this poem. However, I have always admired the sacrifices and contributions that women and mother figures have had on my life.
For those who asked, my mother is doing very well. She is in good spirits and full of energy. I haven’t shared all of the letters with her yet, but she is amazed by how many people have related to the poem and her story. That has put a smile on her face so thank you for giving her that gift.
For those writers out there, jot down your stories. Tell us your fears, your hopes, your ups, your downs. Those stories will not only be healthy and healing for you but you never know how it can inspire someone else.