a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Friday, April 11, 2014

#TeacherPoets WEEK ONE

Chris Lehman is hosting Teacher Poets, a free online poetry workshop to connect, inspire, and rejuvenate teacher poets.  This week's prompt was simply: Why poetry?  Below is my response. 

Head over to Chris Lehman's blog for more information on how to get involved!

Why Poetry?

Dr. Stovall once said

(he may have been quoting someone even wiser,
but in those days,
in the eyes of a young college girl,
Dr. Stovall embodied the combined wisdom of all literary giants, ever)

novels are like searchlights
into the human soul

short stories are like flashlights
into the human soul

and poetry
well, poetry is like a laser beam
straight into the core
of the human soul.

Nancie Atwell once said

(she was definitely not quoting someone even wiser,
because these days,
in the eyes of this seasoned teacher woman,
Nancie Atwell is educational wisdom incarnate)

everything worth teaching
about literature (and reading, and love, and life)
can be taught through poetry.

Why poetry?

Because wise words
change lives.


  1. So true! Love the searchlight, flashlight, laser analogy!

  2. Yay. You are writing. I have missed you and your words. I liked how you played with the words of the wise to deliver your message.