230. The Poet’s Occasional Alternative: Grace Paley

"The New York Times" wrote a piece called "Why Work When You Can Procrastibake?" It's a nice, light piece that makes one think about all of the things we do to procrastinate when there is work to be done. My students tend to play with fonts.  They spend a lot of time on them, both... Continue Reading →

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Interview: Wanderer: A Hockey Story author Elskan Triumph

About the Author Elskan Triumph is the author of several titles, some adult and some young adult.  In his writing, this is his first attempt at the sports genre, although he loves sports movies of all stripes.  Although his sport of choice is long distance running (more of a slow, heavy slog), he appreciates a... Continue Reading →

226. Flag Salute: Esther Poper

My wife was preparing her unit on the Harlem Renaissance and I came up short--I could only name about three artists involved.  Now, I can't name that many writers from most literary movements, but when I called up Wikipedia I was at a loss to even recognize names beyond Hughes or Hurston (so, really, two names).... Continue Reading →

225. April Midnight: Arthur Symons

Another poem and poet I do not know.  Welcome to National Poetry Month! The Victorian poem Arthur Symons was the choice of our local high school's Poetry Out Loud representative, Casey Ober.  She went to the state competition and made the Top 10 regional finalists.  She coupled it with Suzanne Buffam's Enough", a pair of... Continue Reading →

224. Enough: Suzanne Buffam

Suzanne Buffam's Enough", along with Victorian poet Arthur Symons "April Midnight", was the choice of our local high school's Poetry Out Loud representative, Casey Ober.  She went to the state competition and made the Top 10 regional finalists. What was most interesting, in the interview I read, was her passion for the poem.  Ober enjoyed... Continue Reading →

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