On Year 3: October’s Poems
What an odd month! It started out as Octoberish as they come, but ended with a hurricane that brought the temperatures up into the unseasonable 60’s–along with enough rain to flood the cellar, and the C wing in our school building. Here it is, Halloween, and I am surrounded by high-school-aged ghouls…and in addition to finding poems for them about ghosts and hauntings, I dug out a Dickinson which gave them high winds.
FYI–near the end of the month I adventured to Huntsville, Ontario to see Oysterband…so that week I hyped poems about music. It worked for me, anyway.
I was once again helped in my selections this month by the inimitable Jenny Doughty–and I had the great honor, at last, to read a piece by her (about William Blake, a personal fascination for both of us). For the first time in three years, the principal was present for the reading of one poem–so the cat’s out of the bag: he knows. This room is where we spread the word. The poems are out there. The kids and I are launching a new one into the air here at school every day.
Behold the beautiful genre!
October 1, Monday: “October,” by Patrick Kavanagh (suggested by the ever-awesome Jenny Doughty)
October 2, Tuesday: “At the Town Dump,” by Jane Kenyon
October 3, Wednesday: “October Dawn,” by Ted Hughes (another great Jenny Doughty suggestion)
October 4, Thursday: “The Printer,” by Jenny Doughty
October 5, Friday: teacher workshop–no class.
October 8, Monday: Columbus Day–no school.
October 9, Tuesday: “Apple Trees” by Ellen Bryant Voigt
October 10, Wednesday: “Psalm” by Marilyn Nelson
October 11, Thursday: “Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue…” by Ramon Montaigne
October 12, Friday: “I never hear the word ‘Escape‘” by Emily Dickinson
October 15, Monday: “Fog,” by Carl Sandburg
October 16, Tuesday: “An Autumn Rain-Scene” by Thomas Hardy
October 17, Wednesday: no classes due to PSAT testing. Grr.
October 18, Thursday: “Autumn Sky” by Charles Simic
October 19, Friday: “Exploration” by Kaytlon Smith
October 22, Monday: “Party” by Joe Bolton
October 23, Tuesday: “Water Music” by Robert Creeley
October 24,Wednesday: “Music, When Soft Voices Die” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
October 25, Thursday: “The Guitar” by Federico Garcia Lorca
October 26, Friday: “Pulse” by Lawrence Kessenich
October 29, Monday: “There came a wind like a bugle” by Emily Dickinson
October 30, Tuesday: “Day in Autumn” by Rainer Maria Rilke
October 31, Wednesday: “Djinn” by Rae Armantrout
Anyone have any awesome suggestions for November? It’s the shortest month here, in terms of class days. I’d love to start every November day with a bang, as it were.
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- Tagged: Carl Sandburg, Charles Simic, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Emily Dickinson, Federico Garcia Lorca, Jane Kenyon, Jenny Doughty, Joe Bolton, Lawrence Kessenich, Marilyn Nelson, Oysterband, Patrick Kavanagh, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Rae Armantrout, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ramon Montaigne, Robert Creeley, Ted Hughes, Thomas Hardy