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Showing posts from November, 2010

Winter is Coming!

Approach of Winter

The half-stripped trees

struck by a wind together,

bending all,

the leaves flutter drily

and refuse to let go

or driven like hail

stream bitterly out to one side

and fall

where the salvias, hard carmine--

like no leaf that ever was--

edge the bare garden.

--William Carlos Williams

Poems are Orange Juice Concentrate

A good poem is like orange concentrate before adding the water.  A poem that shows rather than tells is at once thick, rich, tart and sweet.  It is memorable.  Here are short poems in which my former writing students succeeded in giving the reader the concentrated juice.

Banana Man

gentle winds brush
green lingering leaves.
Banana Man's rough mitt
soft grasps the yellow cluster
and places it with brothers
in a basket to be sold
golden new or speckled brown.
Banana Man knows the way
from womb to cradle of death,
from green to empty husk.

--Ansil Williams (Grade 12)
Ansil comes from Trinidad and Tobago. This poem reflects memories of island life.

View of the Sea

The sea eats ships
beneath an endless darkness.
Salt burns eyes and dries flesh.
Slippery greens tickle fish at play
and moored boats
rise and
as waves crash.

--Justin Clements (Grade 10)

Winter's Alliteration

Frail relationships are made firm
when flurries fly.
Families form
when frost falls.
Neighborhoods f…