An educator’s concern on k12 introduction to poetry, and interesting U.S. Poets Laureate Discussion

I just got back from submitting my art works for display at a gallery in our area and do what I do, as soon as I get home.

What, take my shoes off? Nope, turn the TV ON, which is ON CSPAN by default and by choice. I was mildly surprised to just happen to start the TV when this section of discussion was ‘broadcast-ed’ 🙂

I had to blog and share, as it relates to K12, educators and more importantly to poetry all those which I care about- a LOT too.

NOVEMBER 22, 2015

U.S. Poets Laureate Discussion

Poet Campbell McGrath moderated a discussion between current U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan.”

The educator’s question is something that has had me pondering on and off for a while now.
I used to eagerly await my english period so I can listen to the wonderful Mrs. Leema Xavier’s rendition on the various poems in our collections. At times describing how John Milton lamented after he lost his sight, then how beautifully she would read all those wonderful William Wordsworth’s lines, all those daffodils, friends and foes and how many miles we had before we slept! I LOVED poems primarily thanks to her and her style of teaching. My love is still unadulterated, and while the content/quality of my works are questionable, I do write and create and hey, its all relative eh!

But for those that didn’t have any exposure to poetry or might not, here are what the amazing U.S Poets Laureate had to say, I in particular enjoyed their delightful sense of humor! Thanks @BookTV and @CSPAN
Poet Laureates

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan-

I had no exposure to poetry as a child and I don’t feel dismal about these things. There is in us something that wants something, that keeps seeking it until it finds it.”

A certain kind of mind will HAVE to have it and WILL find it and will ALWAYS SEEK IT!” Woot! Personally, I still do-constantly, hence I am a jigyaasu(eternal seeker)

“A sensitive mind acquires language, acquires great trove of potential.Poets always come from weird spots and never from where they are supposed to! ” 🙂

Current U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera-

“I like to do with Middle and High School kids something like wordathon, conversatiothon, cause its hard to get the words out.

“like, what am I gonna write, like — therefore?!” 🙂

Everyone has a conversation and are listening, taking words they like that come to them and use them as they are moving! When they read, they are WILD poems! I would recommend put on headphones and it’ll be a lot of fun Woot!

Link to the clip with educator’s concern and the Laureates answers. 

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