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    It should get better but doesn't. The mind...

    It should get better
    but doesn't. The mind stutters
    tragic syllables.
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    Milk and butter the baking seem of your eyes....

    Milk and butter the baking seem of your eyes.
    They platter each font of skill you caress and steal the margarine.
    Magpies douse your blackbird flames but leave the food famished.
    Moods flood this...
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    Caught in slumber's realm, real refracted by the...

    Caught in slumber's realm,
    real refracted by the crown
    our skies wear in sleep.
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    Sex in small snail stop mornings. Payment for...

    Sex in small snail stop
    mornings. Payment for the room.
    Messages like husks
    peeled from painted lips. Her tongue
    like a livid tentacle.


    a tangram
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    Most of the Kafka I've read, but in particular...

    Most of the Kafka I've read, but in particular The Metamorphosis and The Trial.

    I suppose my reason for why I feel happy even at the end of these depressing reads is because, even while...
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    That seems an understatement. On what basis of...

    That seems an understatement. On what basis of research are those statistics grounded?
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    The exact phrase appears as motto to the 1837...

    The exact phrase appears as motto to the 1837 first issue of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review, coined by John O'Sullivan, who also originated the expression "Manifest Destiny." ...
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    Thank you for your agreement :) The assignment...

    Thank you for your agreement :)

    The assignment as described above said that the students would argue, in their own opinion, essentially just this black and white approach as the final assessment...
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    Portraying native African tribes for what they...

    Portraying native African tribes for what they were and defending the actual process of colonialism are vastly different. Yes, Achebe demonstrates a more complex understanding of his African...
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    Passivity is a form of culpability.

    Passivity is a form of culpability.
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    What type of argument do you foresee your...

    What type of argument do you foresee your students advocating in favor of colonialism? Can you justify it without compromising your morals, or completely neglecting the barbarity of the actual...
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    What I meant by "loaded question" was can you...

    What I meant by "loaded question" was can you support an argument for colonialism that matches those against it, put forth by intellectuals (such as Achebe, Cesaire, etc.) who argued its inhumanity? ...
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    Is it really appropriate to give them such a...

    Is it really appropriate to give them such a loaded question as "Has colonialism been good or bad?"?
  14. Would post-modern authorial intervention work? ...

    Would post-modern authorial intervention work? Not a character but the author himself in Nabokov's Bend Sinister.
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    Poem of the Week '10

    List of poems available in this thread:

    LXII. Terence, this is stupid stuff by A.E. Housman

    The Drunken Boat by Rimbaud

    anyone lived in a pretty how town by ee cummings

    The Forsaken by...
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    But it's heard by some.

    But it's heard by some.
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    Logicomix, a graphic novel about Bertrand Russell...

    Logicomix, a graphic novel about Bertrand Russell
    The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

    Also a gift card to Barnes and Noble, with which I got:
    The Last Best Place, an anthology of Montana...
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    Virgil, Linguistic studies of classroom behavior...

    Virgil,
    Linguistic studies of classroom behavior focusing on gender differences have shown males to act in a more dominant manner, asserting ideas as if to control classroom discussion. This is...
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    Are you equating an article of clothing with the...

    Are you equating an article of clothing with the cognitive processes involved in learning? That seems rather simplistic. Scientific studies (I'd have to find my linguistics textbook for specific...
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    I construe it to be "serious damage" if children...

    I construe it to be "serious damage" if children grow up with the expectation that obliviousness toward others is acceptable. The original quotes the author of that article uses are laughable...
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    Hmmm, I've worked with child athletic programs...

    Hmmm, I've worked with child athletic programs (local YMCA) for several years now and I think parents pushing kids to compete to an exorbitant degree is still very much alive and well, at least...
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    James Tate might also be interesting, though the...

    James Tate might also be interesting, though the poems I like (from the few of his I've read online) are a bit "confrontational" for highschoolers.

    Robert Hayden would probably go over well.
    ...
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    I think that Rilke could go over well, and I'll...

    I think that Rilke could go over well, and I'll also look more into his poems responding to statuary (maybe "Archaic Torso of Apollo" could be taught to high schoolers, though I can envision little...
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    Selected Early Poems of John Ashbery.

    Selected Early Poems of John Ashbery.
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    That's why I was hoping for a variety of...

    That's why I was hoping for a variety of suggestions, to not rely just on what I like or think is "teachable."
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