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Au nom de quoi?

from W.H. Auden’s “September 1, 1939” Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, … Continue reading

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Transforming Brown v Board of Education

Sometimes after we read a text I will have the students use a process of found poetry as a closure. I xerox some random and not so random spreads of the book and the students select words on the pages … Continue reading

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“And Now it’s October” by Barbara Crooker

the golden hour of the clock of the year. Everything that can run to fruit has already done so: round apples, oval plums, bottom-heavy pears, black walnuts and hickory nuts annealed in their shells, the woodchuck with his overcoat of … Continue reading

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“Claustrophobia: The Closet’s Perspective” by Julianna Baggott

(as printed in the November/December 2012 issue of The American Poetry Review)

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“Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100” by Martin Espada

for the 43 members of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 100, working at the Windows on the World restaurant, who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center Alabanza. Praise the cook with a shaven head … Continue reading

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Getting Comfortable with ambiguity

Emily Dickinson today! —I dwell in Possibility— A difficult poem but after I dictated the poem to the class and they carefully wrote it in their journals, I then assigned each student a word to look up and define (like … Continue reading

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“Magdalene — The Seven Devils” by Marie Howe

“Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven devils had been cast out” —Luke 8:2. The first was that I was very busy. The second — I was different from you: whatever happened to you could
not happen to me, not like that. … Continue reading

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