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This is a fun out-of-the-box exercise by Frank Ingrasciotta in which we visualize and describe the letters of the alphabet as pictures then write poems that riff on these pictures using the letters of our own names. The lesson works especially well for visual spatial learners and reinforces those skills for other young writers.
Collectively, all over the country and world, we are seeing the effects of what happens when we come together in the name of justice. The death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop and so many others has sparked an unprecedented outcry for anti-racist structural change and a complete end to police violence against Black…
Read this interview with Sharon Mesmer by Talia Aharoni about her forthcoming poetry manuscript, teaching international poetry and how AWP led her to Latin American women poets and translation.
This article previously appeared in Teachers & Writers Magazine, Volume 34, Issue Number 3, Jan-Feb 2003.