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Exercises & Student Work


When I teach students, I introduce them to model poems or prompts, brainstorm in the group, practice writing, and then facilitate group writing. While many wonderful poems appear 'out of nowhere,' I have found that students often respond to a poetry prompt with fresh writing which excites them and teaches them new things. Game structures, risk-taking and play help reluctant writers see the writing exercise as a pleasure, and not a hurdle.

I have been privileged to help some amazing student poets--and am pleased to share some of my lessons and student examples here. I've adapted some of my lessons from other teaching poets, like Kenneth Koch, and have created others. Please visit the Poetry/Art page to see examples of visual arts/poetry integration.

This list starts with four pages of recent work posted in 2011: