Monthly Archives: February 2015

Interview with Yusef Komunyakaa: Terror & Beauty

INTERVIEW by Christian McEwen   Throughout 2015, Teachers & Writers Magazine will publish highlights from Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews, the  collection of interviews by teaching artist, filmmaker, and poet Christian McEwen. In this, the second part of a two-part interview, Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa discusses war, race, the demands of poetic form, and…

A Square’s Monologue

A Square’s Monologue by Jack (5th grade) Why am I so average? Is it because I eat three square meals a day? Or is it because I think inside the box? It’s boring to be so perfect with the size of my sides and corners. I have emotions, as you can see, and there is…

ROOTS

  LESSON PLAN In this lesson plan from T&W teaching artist Jason Leahey, students review the function of roots as taught in their science lessons and connect them to metaphor, their newly learned literary device. Considering their own needs and the metaphorical “roots” in their lives, students write descriptive paragraphs about the roots that help…

The Physicality of Poetry

FROM THE ARCHIVE Robert Pinsky  From: Teachers & Writers Magazine (March-April 2000, Vol. 31, No. 4) Download: The Physicality of Poetry The following are excerpts from a tape recording of the Joshua Ringel Memorial Lecture, which Robert Pinsky gave last April in Baltimore. This annual lecture is sponsored by Teachers & Writers and the Center for…

www.twc.org