Saturday, April 30, 2005

The End of Poetry Month

April began with the NAACP ACT-SO competition. It's held at MC and I've participated in it for years-- first, as a sponsor in the high schools, and then as a judge at the college. Generally, I wind up judging poetry. This year was no exception, and it was hard to choose a winner. Really. My only quibble is that there needs to be two categories for poetry: written and spoken. It's difficult to judge the best poem when one is written and shows a keen sense of the conventions of written poetry, and the other looks sloppy on the page, but when spoken comes to life in a burst of energy and meaning.

And the month ended with poetry reading at school--part of a year-long series. I read with another colleague, and we were both introduced by a fellow teacher who did us the honor of writing limericks about us. I give him props for using "pirana" and "manna" to rhyme with "joanna," thereby avoiding the much -used "banana."

I read four poems that I'd been working on this past year, including "Song of a Nobody, or, Walt Imitates Emily," which got a quite a laugh.

Would love to write more, but I hear those essays calling me to be graded.


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