Tuesday, November 14, 2017

rita dove poems over pizza.

the writings of former u.s. poet laureate rita dove were a welcome focus in my traveling poetry class this past weekend at argento's pizza & family restaurant in boyertown. one student's poem involved a style adaptation and memory of the state (nebraska) of our previous class' focus, former. u.s. poet laureate ted kooser, too.

we don't limit ourselves to just poetry necessarily (other angles of approach in creative writing and experimentation on the page are quite allowed, to be more all-encompassing) or in the style of the writers' whose works we carve our thoughts through, but it has been that way lately, which is easily fine, too. and some of us don't necessarily write for each class. we just share reflections and offer perspectives to ponder across stanzas. so it's a nice balance, based on whatever we all want to and feel inspired to write or say or just hear.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

ted kooser poems at dunkin' donuts. what a pairing.

we swam our way through the words of former u.s. poet laureate ted kooser in my traveling poetry class this past sunday at the dunkin' donuts in limerick. and because we hadn't met since earlier in the month,  we especially enjoyed it.

we even passed around one of his books to pick out random poems to share reading-wise for the ears. his documentation of the most natural and basic of things around us, done so vividly and like a short film for our minds, is so easy to love.

i also record the poetry-ish lines which come out of my students but are 
not written down by them. somebody has to write good lines down, damn it.