Poetry / The English Teacher / The Social Network

Poetry — It Really Is for Everyone

April 30. The last day of ‘National Poetry Month.’ Are faithful readers sighing their sighs in relief? Are sometimes readers sighing their sighs in disappointment? As a mostly faithful poetry reader, and an only sometimes faithful blogger, I’m sad to see the month end. I’ve read more poetry this month than I’ve read in quite some … Continue reading

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‘I Don’t Like Spiders & Snakes’

But, seriously! What GOOD are these creatures??? (I’m sure plenty of good, else, why are they here!?!?!?) Still, the slithering stealth of the crafty serpent, and the hairy, creepy legs of spiders and their webs of death!! Well. I don’t like them. (insert na-na-na-boo boo here) I didn’t like Walt Whitman (you know, famed American poet … Continue reading

Poetry / The English Teacher

Secrets

Confession: I love literature anthologies. Confession. I despise textbooks. HUGE differences between the two, really. Anthologies, collected and shared (with comments, of course) by scholars. Textbooks, complete with ‘lessons’ aligned with STANDARDS (could that please be a four-letter word already?!) and published by corporations. I rest my case. Secret confessions in a blog. O, Irony… … Continue reading

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Another Chapter… of… Poetry. Yes, Poetry

Yesterday, March 31, found me sharing a conversation about a significant novel that begins, “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” That 1984 opening line gets me. It plays some sort of a cruel, totalitarian “April Fools!” joke. Think about it for a moment, and you might conclude, along with me, that … Continue reading