POEM OF THE WEEK: Poems That Lead to Discourse and Debate

AcademyofAmericanPoetsThis week, I wanted to find an example of poems that speak to each other directly.  Instead, I came across this poem by Tony Hoagland that I’ve read before that left me troubled and wanting to talk about it with other people. I thought you might want to read it and talk with friends about it while driving to the Teacher Leadership Summit tomorrow.

I’m linking you to Tony Hoagland’s poem “The Change” and poet Claudia Rankine’s essay response to the racial or racist elements of his poem.

Whether we share this specific dialogue with our students or not, I challenge us to find instances of people “talking” and “debating” ideas through text to share with our students. Our students need to analyze these debates in order to enter them through talk and writing themselves.


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