September 30th, 2011
We have a special treat today by a local Maine teacher/poet, Anne Tommaso. She teaches Junior English at Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth, Maine and she recently finished a MA degree at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.”Poetry demands you return when you are different.” Take that thought with you on this Poetry Friday.
On Returning to Attend Poetry Class Ten Years Later
This coming back softens me like the worn curbs, filled in with sand,
below the torn clapboards and listing porches of this town.
I’ve had to follow signs to get here. The new building feels like an airport;
our room is carpeted and busy. There is cider in the corner for later.
The students make room before delicately scratching their notebooks,
following their professor’s quick and quiet cadence,
which only I know is unchanged in pitch and pattern.
“Poetry demands you return when you are different,”
he has said.
Which is why, the next day, I feel farther from my own
students as I maneuver between desks, looking
more at their hunched backs than their vacant pages.
Sometimes they peck and shrill like crows, leave dirt behind them in clods,
plug themselves into machines that fill their head with clamor
and then leave the room empty in detached silence.
How to get them to come back to this human pleasure of words?
To be alert and pungent, like onions?
Entry Filed under: Poetry Friday