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An Absence Finished: Claudia Emerson’s LATE WIFE: POEMS

Yesterday we learned of the passing of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson. In honor of her memory, I’m posting this piece that was originally published in Illinois English Bulletin in slightly different form but has never appeared online. Late Wife: … Continue reading

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Our Creative Writing Class

Some questions about our Creative Writing class have come my way in the past few days from a few different people. Although I responded to those folks by email, I thought I’d offer this as a blog post too with … Continue reading

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That Was Fun! — Zapping Apathy at #NCTE11

Thanks to everyone who attended our presentations at NCTE this weekend. If you’re looking for the handouts, scroll down any time! Tony Romano and I were happy to see our friends Jodi Douglas Moeller and Douglas Jameson from Hazelwood West … Continue reading

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Thanks, Marjorie

My friend Marjorie Zilen passed away last week at age 93. Marjorie was an artist and poet and much more to her family and friends. I first knew Marjorie as part of the Barrington Poets Consortium in the mid-1990s, the … Continue reading

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Writers Week Memory: Billy Collins, 2001

Many of my colleagues and I have been fans of Billy Collins for years. When we approached the Steven Barclay Agency in 2000 to see if we could possibly bring him to our school’s Writers Week, we were hopeful but … Continue reading

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Summer, 1975

In honor of my high school friends, here and departed, this is my poem “Summer, 1975.” Thanks to Whetstone for permission to reprint it. Summer, 1975 Grand Funk and Black Sabbath tapes were the soundtrack for the last summer that … Continue reading

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“The House Was Quiet and The World Was Calm”

Jason Waskey: “Quiet Night”   Kind of a lazy man’s blog entry, but this Wallace Stevens poem always comes to mind for me when school lets out for the summer. Maybe it works for you too.   The House Was … Continue reading

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Lilacs and TwitterArt

My favorite online experience this week was a collaboration with Mary Ann Reilly, an artist, author, and educator I’ve never met in person, although we have exchanged ideas in various Twitter-based chats and dialogues. It started on Wednesday night about … Continue reading

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Delight, Wisdom, and Cutie Poems

I’ve always liked this observation from Robert Frost: “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” With most poems, students can find something that delights them—maybe an evocative image, playful wording, or a compelling situation. The wisdom is sometimes … Continue reading

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Poem for International Women’s Day: “Sister”

In honor of International Women’s Day and all of the extraordinary women in my life, here is my poem “Sister,” originally published in Moon Journal. Sister Not having had a sister and now not likely to ever do so, I … Continue reading

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