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A ninth-grade class was doing one of those lame* fill-in-the-words poetry exercises, using Simon Ortiz's poem "Hunger in New York City". (Yes, it's in the textbook.) I was looking at the poem, said it was deep (he shrugged), said I had no idea how English teachers dealt with deep things every day (another shrug), I said homesickness in New York was a topic I spent a lot of time thinking about and he told me I should write one, too. Said it would make me feel better. So I did.

I copied out the original in green pen on blue construction paper. It's hanging in the hallway now.

*Why lame? I hated them when I was in school because I thought we should be writing real poems, should be allowed to write real poems. I don't think I understood at the time that my teachers and my sisters' teachers would have been thrilled to get real poetry instead, as long as it was on the right general topic in the right general form.

Cheap poetry... )

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