I really love it when I fnd some poetry on a blog, even a blog about teaching! Poetry is a great way to “think” about ourselves, our relationships, our classrooms, our jobs – it makes a better teacher, I’m convinced. Not to mention, so many fine poets were teachers – the two go together like coffee and donuts.
You don’t have to write it (but that’s even better), just savor it. Suck on it like a cough drop. It heals and brings a higher understanding.
Here are a couple of my own suggestions regarding poetry and “being a teacher”. Do you have any to share?
1. Charles Bukowski. When he gets it right, he gets it right. Here is him reading a great poem on “Style” – something everyone can related to. Also, my favorite poem of his and one that I hold dear to heart – “I met a genius”. Every teacher should ponder this poem while thinking of our own students…..
I MET A GENIUS
I met a genius on the train
about 6 years old,
he sat beside me
and as the train
ran down along the coast
we came to the ocean
and then he looked at me
it’s not pretty.it was the first time I’d
2. Richard Brautigan. His poem – is an amazing meditation on what school is and how we might go about to fix it.
The Memoirs of Jesse James
I remember all those thousands of hours
that I spent in grade school watching the clock,
waiting for recess or lunch or to go home.
Waiting: for anything but school.
My teachers could easily have ridden with Jesse James
for all the time they stole from me.
3. Irving Layton. He taught school for decades and that seeped into his poetry from time to time. As irreverent and passionate a poet as there can be. Canada’s gift to the world.
This is a finger
This is an eye
Even a small cut causes pain, afterwards soreness;