Out My Window
Join us to define poetry, explore poems from our windows, share local poets, and just riff on sounds
It's mainly off the cuff but no way a bunch of English teachers do anything without pre-writing.
In the first half of the show we catch up with each other and share the theme of the show. We then share a strategy you can use to write a poem to that theme. Next we share readings of our poems. Sometimes live but often pre-recorded, like a DJ playing a track.This week we focus on “Out our Window.”
At a time when we face a global lockdown we want to share tales of what life looks like in our locality. This task began in Kevin Hodgson's language arts class. Thats's the thing with poetry . Lessons quite universal. Tips that work in kindergarten work in college,
Wendy Taleo - Protesting with Care
Sheri Edwards - Out My Window
Pandemic in the Canopy
2nd Half of Show
In this half we celebrate a poet connected to a theme. Given our theme of “out our window” this episode we share poems from some of our favorite poets. This maybe recordings of the poets reading or us reading their work.
Magi Gibson, Lipstick (Sarah) - https://soundcloud.com/nomad-war-machine/recording-4
Magi's a friend of mine. She's an amazing, passionate woman and a Scottish poet.
Susan Allison Here We Are Now in a Moment Like This One Will read live.
I picked to read this poem as perfect for a moment like this one. Susan Allison was Middletown's first poet laureate. She helped to carve out a niche artist community where everyone feels welcome. A poet's poet.
Will read this one live: http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/gems/robert-burns
“McGonagall has been lampooned as the worst poet in British history. The chief criticisms are that he was deaf to poetic metaphor and unable to scan correctly. His only apparent understanding of poetry was his belief that it needed to rhyme. McGonagall's fame stems from the humorous effects these shortcomings are considered to generate in his work. Scholars argue that his inappropriate rhythms, weak vocabulary, and ill-advised imagery combine to make his work amongst the most unintentionally amusing dramatic poetry in the English language.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McGonagall
Leslea, poet/writer/artist and former Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA, sent around a poem via her email – Thirteen Ways of Looking at Life Before the Virus – https://newversenews.blogspot.com/2020/03/thirteen-ways-of-looking-at-life-before.html – and the first stanza is centered on remembering the touch of hands … (Kevin will read)
3rd Half of Show
In the third half of the show we just riff. We cue up a bunch of poems. We may discuss them or we may do a poetry challenge and try to write or record a poem while Side B of our work continues to roll.
Day 22: Hopeless in the Hoping Hour
A poem for someone else's home. Saw a message on LinkedIn….