I spent this evening with the delightful Ted Kooser, who reminded me of some tenants of teaching poetry and writing. I plan to share them with my students tomorrow, and thought I'd share them with you tonight.
On teaching poetry and the experiences he wants kids to have with reading poetry:
"I want them to take pleasure it it. The minute the poem begins to become a problem to solve, it's over."
"I think we all ought to be writing about our families." He said something about a memory you'd scribble on a piece of paper and stick into a drawer. Years after the family members are gone, someone finds the piece, and "all of a sudden, back into the light they come."
"I love to write about the most ordinary things there are."
A glorious, refreshing evening.