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Posts tagged poetry

Begin

Begin

When you decide to begin, there are a few things you will need: Paper is essential. Batteries die and screens freeze, but paper is eternal — to a point. Everything can be typed up later — this is your immortality after all. A pen. Turn off your cell phone. Don’t just put it on vibrate, […]

My message to the world:

My message to the world:

LOVE EVERYONE. But know what love is. Know that love is not joy. Love is not sex. Love is not patronizing. Love is not easy. Love is a choice. Maybe sometimes you and the one you love have built something, cared for it, nurtured it, dusted off its smooth hard surfaces, opened its cupboards and […]

Russian Jabberwocky

Russian Jabberwocky

Yesterday, fumbling for a last-minute lesson plan for my night class, I decided to have students (all two of them) read Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky.” If you haven’t read it or don’t remember it, here’s the text. They were horrified at how many words they didn’t know, until I told them that a lot of the words […]