Poetry is such a great way to build community! This week concluded the bonus week of Christie Wyman's course and I enjoyed it so much. I was able to reflect on how much I learned in a very relaxed setting. And I had to think: "Do I make time in class to allow students simply … Continue reading Poetry Friday: Poetry is…
Don't forget to visit this week's round up. I really hope I can read and respond to more participants this week. Here's hoping. As part of Christie Wyman's "Playing with Poetry" workshop, we explored "Text-based poetry." Forms that I've admired but honestly did not think were all that difficult. I was in for a surprise … Continue reading Poetry Friday: Thunder on the Green Horizon
This week we did explorations with Ekphratic poetry: poems written based on, inspired by images. Google tells me one of the most famous examples is Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn." I love that poem, but I'm not sure what it all means no matter how many times I read it. And that's okay. I … Continue reading Poetry Friday: Change Can Be:(Explorations with Ekphratic poetry)
"Finding safe online spaces for writing is invaluable to me as a poet-teacher..." so begins this weeks poetry roundup post (visit here) by margaretsmn. I'm repeating her words because they ring so true. This week was also my 3rd week and of summer and it was the first week of Pondering Poetry with Christie Wyman. … Continue reading Poetry Friday: “A List of”
Be sure to visit this weeks roundup. An Old Friend Came to Visit Listlessness, my old friend let us walk down the well-worn road where I remain flustered and balk at even the minutest of tasks. With so much great TV and film today it’s a wonder you get any reading and writing done? Right? … Continue reading Poetry Friday: An Old Friend Came to Visit
My mother says, words, like all things, come from GodMy father, just as religious, is certain it comes from study,Kneeling at the altar of reading. Words come from books, my son says. Although after thinkingHe concludes they come from cave dwellers.Maybe he has a point. The grunting of my 3-year-old, who knows words but prefers … Continue reading Poetry Friday: Where do words come from?
Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit this weeks roundup! Follow Through In basic training the drill sergeants were obsessed with follow through. Barked commands expected immediate execution. Even when the order was confusing. Strange. Like when we were told to look for the soft spot of the tank. For drill sergeants Obedience … Continue reading Poetry Friday: Follow Through
(This week in the classroom we wrote sonnets here is one I wrote with my students.) My wife’s eyes are like the sunI love her more than words can sayBut yet I’m compelled to give it a runI love being with her every day When I see the glow of her faceTime comes to a … Continue reading Sun and Moon
If on a blank page, I would go somewhere far. If on a blank page, I would go and lay down the bricks and blocks of a just world. A world where kindness and community are held in the highest regard. A world where education would not only be valued by words but by action.I would carefully cut the … Continue reading Where am I Going?