School visits always leave me inspired. I am so inspired by the students who attended my sessions on May 8th at Westbrook High School. Yes, THAT Westbrook High School. From whence I graduated.
Westbrook has changed a lot over the years. I ran into some of my old teachers who now were working out of different classrooms. The teacher’s lounge is in one of the old art room. (You guys, they have SNACKS in there. SNACKS! And BOOKS and MAGAZINES! Also SNACKS!) And so many of the teachers I spent time with have since retired (which is fair, since so many of those teachers also taught my dad, so, I’m guessing they paid their dues and whatnot). And while my locker hasn’t moved and the library is still right where it always was and the kids still hang out in the lobby before and after school, the faces at Westbrook High School are different. There’s so much more diversity there, ethnicity and otherwise, which made my talk extra rewarding, since my talk was about the literary canon, contemporary poetry, and community.~ read more ~