Category Archives: Lessons for Outside

Poetry lessons whose visual input is found outside.

Episode V-Ants on the Blacktop Weeds on the Hill

A poet can usually point to a defining moment when a poem leads the way into a new understanding of what poetry can be.  For me that discovery came in high school when I decided to do a paper on … Continue reading

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Episode IV-Ants on the Blacktop Weeds on the Hill

I thought this would be the last episode. But it’s not. There is one more lesson to go and just to add suspense it contains one of my most memorable student poems. Episode IV The next lesson also works well … Continue reading

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Episode III-Ants on the Blacktop Weeds on the Hill

I can see it was a wise decision on my part to split this article into episodes. It’s long. But I had a mission of illustrating different ways a poet-teacher could use going outside to create images. Let’s face it … Continue reading

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Episode I-Ants on the Blacktop Weeds on the Hill

Nature as Teacher Student as Observer            (This is only the first segment of this article.  It will follow in stages as the article presents several different lessons used for gathering writing ideas outside.) Imagine thirty … Continue reading

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Episode II-Ants on the Blacktop Weeds on the Will

Another first day lesson- John Moffitt’s “To Look at Any Thing” is the first session poem I’ve used for the longest time.  After we find each image, we talk about the lines, “you must/ Be the thing you see.”  The … Continue reading

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