Author Archives: Grace Curtis

A Riff on Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “One Art”

In late December, a string of rejections coupled with the endless gray days of the Midwestern sky, caused me to stop writing altogether during January and most of February. I felt uninspired, and even though I can usually pull myself … Continue reading

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Interview on Poetry – Miami Valley Voices – April 5, 2015

On April 5, 2015, I was interviewed by Ron Rollins for Miami Valley Voices, a podcast put together by WHIO, a TV and Radio station in Dayton, Ohio. You can hear the interview here.

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Browndress by Grace Curtis (Me, as a Child Poetry Series)

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:
Browndress by Grace Curtis I. I’m a red bull, a thing in another time that might be called overactive. The world is eclectic, electric, electrified, and everything touched or seen or consumed emits something…

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Listen to a poem on WVXU, Cincinnati

On November 20, 2014, I recorded a few poems and an interview for WVXU, Cincinnati, Ohio.  You can check out one of the poems here.

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

Today was the first day of the English Workshop at Al Bashaer High School in Sakhnin, Israel. There were four classes of 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. The classes only last for 45 minutes and that seems too short 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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