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Why read poetry? #2

“[O]ne of the reasons to invite poetry into our lives… [is] to meet our invisible guests—grief, joy, anger, doubt, and confusion. We read poetry from this deep hunger to know ourselves and the world.” “…poetry is the genre of the … Continue reading

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Expanding Your Interest in Contemporary Poetry

Check this link for online poetry magazines for young people, contests, and places to submit poems and other writing.

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Why Read Poetry?

“Read poetry because of the times you have stopped to look at rain fall through the light of a street lamp and wished you knew the words that made it what it was. Read poetry because you are lonely and … Continue reading

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Food For Thought

A quote as we embark on our research related to world religions: “The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one’s own tradition with reverence for different traditions.” ― Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Where Does Democracy Begin?

The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions. Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather … Continue reading

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Grow Your Writing With A Wider Audience

You’ve written your story and you’ve got a theme you care about. Want to extend your skills? Want to grow your skills and gain an audience beyond our class to read it?  Submit your writing to a magazine the publishes … Continue reading

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What Writing Does–Author Barry Lopez on Writing

Why do we write and tell stories? Author Barry Lopez, in this excerpt from his thoughts on writing from his web site, tells readers his thoughts about the value of writing. He reminds us that in the act of writing we draw … Continue reading

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Welcome To a New Year of Learning

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  –Gandhi “It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” –Albert Einstein “The best thing for being sad,” … Continue reading

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A Chance to Publish a Poem in a Fabulous Journal

The highly respected journal, Rattle, is publishing their annual Rattle Young Poets Anthology. They’re looking for submissions from people like you! You can send your poetry submissions in to them until June 15th. If your poems are chosen, they will … Continue reading

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A Place to Read and Publish Student Writing

All of you readers and writers–check out the new writing contests on Figment, and read what other young writers are writing. You can join a writer’s group too.  Explore more here.

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