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Summer Poetry Series–Dos Madres Press & BonBonerie, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Teaching Poetry in an English Workshop–Sakhnin, Israel, Day Four

The seventh graders were on a field trip today so we doubled up our classrooms and team taught. Perry Brokow, a retired teacher from Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and I joined together to teach today. Perry is teaching drama and speech … Continue reading

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Teaching Poetry in an English Workshop–Sakhnin, Israel, Day Three

Today, we talked about Haiku and looked at sample poems. All told me they had never heard of the concept. I had the students come to the board and mark the syllables as they counted them out. In Arabic, the … Continue reading

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Teaching Poetry in an English Workshop–Sakhnin, Israel, Day Two

Today the students worked on poems about a body part. I asked them to write at least four lines and to try to include a simile or a metaphor. We had a lengthy discussion about these concepts and they understood … Continue reading

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Poetry Lesson Plans and Life Lessons

On June 6, I leave for Israel. Next Thursday, I will be in the classroom at Al-Bashaer High School in Deir al Assad teaching poetry to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. The program is an English immersion experience for the … Continue reading

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Teaching Poetry in Summer Camp & How to Make a Chapbook

In less than a month, I will travel with six other individuals to a small town in northern Israel called Deir Al Asad to teach for two weeks in a summer camp for 60 junior high school aged children. Deir … Continue reading

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A Night of Art and Poetry–Double Delight

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Reveling in poet, Carl Adamshick’s poems

I’ve just reread, again, Carl Adamshick‘s debut collection, Curses and Wishes (Louisiana State University Press). I can’t get enough of his surprising, elegant, streamlined poems. Listen to Carl read his poems -

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To the Christmas Tree

  Bathed in the act of forgetting still upright light endowed upright on crutches drinking only what I give it giving all that it can a few winks now and then ball-catcher. What other relic withstands this kind of stand-up … Continue reading

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All Poetry is Local…

Well, not really. That’s something that is true of politics according to former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Actually poetry is international, universal, or possibly even galactic. I just used it as a title for this post because I … Continue reading

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