Poetry For Teachers platforms several of my poems. These lean heavily on the latter of poetry’s classic “purposes” of entertainment and instruction, more narrowly, by proposing a simple, practical method some may find useful in teaching poetry.

This aim is met in two ways, first by offering poems that can be decoded or “cracked,” pointing readers in a specific direction. The second is an equally direct (often glaringly evident) use of poetry’s concepts and devices.

Designed as instructional tools, these poems likely suit young adults. A straightforward classification system is available on each “POEMS” page, rated in terms of complexity, use of poetic device, and “message.” This method provides signposts for readers, suggesting in which direction to go to find and create meaning.

The art of poetry is found not only in the writing, but also in the reading

A more accessible poem among these, In Egypt, is a playful piece very much about play. Form and function aside, it develops the ironical effect of expanding the diminutive, and conversely, collapsing the expansive. Mariners (Mi Snarre) is a study in the use of poetic device. Beginning with the syllogism of the title, it embodies tropes from onomatopoeia to apostrophe, simile to intertext, creating a lengthy list perhaps useful in teaching literary terms.

Billy’s Drums probably best exemplifies a “message poem.”  Though it is inherent that readers take what they choose from poetry, some enjoy the code-cracking challenges offered by poems underwritten by authorial intent. In a most practical vein, Preserves explores through its focus on oppositions and grouped ideas, classic methods of making and discovering meaning in poetry.

Vhanks for tisiting, and may the forge be with you!

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