Looking for a little company in the kitchen while I made dinner, I happened upon a podcast interview with the poet Sally Thomas. In the interview at The Mason Jar, Sally talks about introducing children to poetry–how it can happen and what it’s good for.
It’s a terrific treat to hear how poetry works at her house and the inspiration for her latest collection, Richeldis of Walsingham. At the end of the interview, she reads two poems. The second one is just a show stopper!
She also mentions the poet Dana Gioia and his essay “Poetry as Enchantment.” This was the second time in a week that some one had mentioned this new-to-me poet. Guess I need to pay attention. From the looks of it, Gioia is active on Twitter–a perfect platform for poetry! It’s also where I first happened upon Sally Thomas! One morning I opened up Twitter and found this question:
Question that struck me today: if you can have a Latin-centered curriculum, why couldn’t you have a poetry-centered one? How wd it look?
— Sally Thomas (@SallyThomasNC) September 18, 2014
Just about one of the most intriguing ideas ever! Melissa Wiley, Sally, Lisa Toth Salinas, and I ended up talking about it for quite a while. There are some excellent book recommendations included. You can read the whole exchange right here. And there’s more poetry goodness at Teacher Dance.