Is artistic talent inborn or can we cultivate it? I have always of an artist as one who
envisions what wasn’t there before and, through knowledge and experience, makes
it happen. In an article I wrote years
ago, The Poet as Patriot (Journal of Children’s Literature, v23 n2 p42-46 Fall
I first met Principal Seamus Marriott and his wife
Theresa in Wisconsin at a Walloon Institute and later traveled to work at his school
in Shanghai, then in Cairo, and most recently in Balikpapan. Not only did he
invite us to great locations, he helped us plan side trips, introduced into
Ever look out at the sliders, swingers and tag players on a
lively playground and think, what a bunch
At the International School of Rumbai, playground monkeys
are not just metaphorical. The school’s
campus, carved from the jungle by an oil company (now
Coming around again to something brand new is traveling to a
foreign port and being met by familiar faces.
Didn’t we meet before in Seoul?
Didn’t we have dinner in Kota Kinabalu? I remember you from Cairo!
Michael and I
When Michael Salinger and I were teaching in Morocco, we were introduced to a new fashion trend. Teen girls were wearing the shortest of short shorts over tights and patterned stockings. They obviously had studied the student handbook, which probably said “no bare legs up to your bum” or some such language, and
I recently wrote on a friend’s Facebook wall, joking about emotional displays in public, that I had thrown up while watching Bonnie and Clyde. True story, no flu symptoms.
I have no trouble suspending disbelief in a movie. If someone sets a table for tea, I
War is the Fiercest Art
Bat poet knew
His country broke in two, therefore
He had to go to war.
His wife and child, heartsore,
The poet dared not cry.
He needed a clear eye to spill
Blood, strangers he must kill
I received this email from a teacher I have corresponded with in Pakistan, who is looking to create the “the longest and most colourful card in the world’s history” for injured student activist Malala Yousufzai. Will you please help her reach her goal and have students email their artwork to her by October
I began by writing poems for my kids, envisioning a single collection for all ages, to be read by families, preferably fireside.
I have no idea where this fantasy originated since as a single parent, after I was done working overtime to make ends meet, after the kids’ play practices
If you are looking for age appropriate poetry to share with your students, check out this new anthology ed. by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. It contains one poem a week for 39 weeks for each grade level, K-5. Poems the kids can relate to, current, challenging, and engaging. Poems for sharing and to provoke conversation