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writing curriculum and remembering how much my students and I loved loved loved this poem when I was in the classroom.
“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.”
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“Does poetry matter? Yes. Can poetry be more relevant? No. It is the song of song, the language of language, the utterance of utterance and the spirit of spirit.”
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Here’s my student, Kevin, reading his poem “My Reality”
SO proud of him!
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NPR is featuring my little poetry contest winner on All Things Considered this weekend. The two of us just got done recording his poem in my classroom, the only quiet spot we could find in the facility.. (it only took him a million tries and numerous gulps of water, because, y’know, THIS IS A BIG DEAL). Be sure to tune in!
link to their post a few weeks ago with other recordings: http://www.npr.org/2016/04/30/476205460/poetry-behind-bars-the-lines-that-save-lives-sometimes-literally
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just drove back to work to wake up one of my students and tell him that he tied for FIRST PLACE in a poetry contest! #WordsUnlocked is a poetry contest for incarcerated youth across the country and HE WON. he worked so hard on this piece, and this kid has probably never won a thing in his life.. SO EXCITED! (we’re poem #2 in the link below!)