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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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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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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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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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Weeding as a Source of Poetic Inspiration

I am pleased to have my poem, Weeding, currently featured in Repeat Poetry. It originally ran in Waccamaw Literary Journal. I like what Repeat Poetry does, which is to breathe new life to previously published work. It’s a site well worth following. The … Continue reading

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Using the Polyptych in Poetry—Levis’ Winter Stars

A book of poetry I enjoy so much and go back to often is Larry Levis’ Winter Stars. From the first moment I read it, I was drawn into the beauty of the poems and into their honesty. There is … Continue reading

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Reading the Complete Works of Shakespeare—Shakespeare for Life

A few weeks ago, I happened to read about this event in the Dayton Daily News and thought it was wonderful! Dayton based theater company, Free Shakespeare, is sponsoring a reading of the complete works of William Shakespeare at an event called Shakespeare … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Favorite Poetry Podcasts

These podcasts are why I go for long walks every evening.  All are free and available on iTunes.  You can listen to them through iTunes on your computer so you don’t have to own an iPod; although, why wouldn’t you?  1. … Continue reading

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