Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Transcendental Gospel of Freddie Gray

When his spine snapped, Freddie Gray became kindling, became New England pond water. Without vertebrae intact, he was free to move beyond the confines of spine. The movement of his neck was one of inquiry, one of commas bent into question marks. Joining Thoreau, then, on Walden Pond, the only sound they both heard was […]

Part 2: High School Students Write Essays on Kendrick Lamar’s album, To Pimp A Butterfly

“Over 40 years, we’ve made changes in this country, but did we make a change in the heart of the individual?” – Jalen (9th grade) Since my last post about teaching Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) in the high school classroom, many people from around the world, including educators and music fans […]

2/30 – The Last Straw (A List Poem)

2/30 – Prompt: Write a list poem (aka catalogue verse) where every line answers the question: What was the last straw?(from Rachel McKibbens WRITING EXERCISE #104) The last straw was my best friend sleeping with my girlfriend the old pipes and cobwebs on mom’s basement ceiling the photograph of dad I resembled too much the Xanax that […]