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Write. And stuff…

By the mid-point of the first quarter of a new school year, presumably all of the principal characters in the production called ‘high school’ know their lines, “their exits and entrances,”; the tryouts now completed, all have gotten used to “play[ing their] many parts.” ( I keep telling my students, and anyone else who forgets … Continue reading

Poetry / The English Teacher

Luck o’ the Irish

Some scholars (and just regular folks too, mind you) often consider Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to be the greatest ‘great American novel.’ Shoot, even Hemingway apparently thought so. Who’s going to quibble with Hemingway!?!?  This post only notes the novel for its opening line, which reads, “You don’t know about me without you have read … Continue reading

Poetry / The English Teacher

Turns of Phrase & Altered Perceptions

Death amongst the living. Life, grown still. Landscapes. Art imitates life. Life masquerades as artistic license. Parts of the whole, and whole parts redacted. Fathers, daughters. Wife & Mother. Collateral Damage. Wreckage. Carnage. Welcome to Sharon Olds‘ “Still Life in Landscape.” (Don’t say I didn’t warn you)   Still Life in Landscape Sharon Olds   It … Continue reading