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Eating Poetry

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.

There is no happiness like mine.

I have been eating poetry.


The librarian does not believe what she sees.

Her eyes are sad

And she walks with her hands in her dress.


The poems are gone.

The light is dim.

The dogs are on the basement stairs coming up.


Their eyeballs roll,

Their blond legs burn like brush.

The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.


She does not understand.

When I get on my knees and lick her hand,

She screams.

I am a new man,

I snarl at her and bark,

I romp with joy in the bookish dark.

-M. Strand



Review the Assignment

For the month of May you will be exploring far and wide and walking on the shores of poetry!  This unit is designed to meet you where you are, and then take you on a journey of your own devising!  You will find yourself changed in some way by the depth of your exploration——by poems you will never forget!

 The idea is to read with an open mind and heart and to make no assumptions. To meet art and stare it in the face!  At the end of the process, you will be gathering 10 poems you cannot live without-at least for who you are now as an eight grader at Park!

 You will collect poems by reading voraciously in books and online. You should comb the shelves here at Park’s library, your local library, and on many wonderful online sites which we will introduce you to in the library.


Park School Library

Hours: 8:00 - 3:30 every school day except Tuesday

Self check-out during study hall.

Closed Tuesdays at 2:00 for meetings.

Check-out period is three weeks.

For password information, ask a librarian or your teacher.


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