Andrew Limbaugh, NPR, Mato discussed on All Things Considered

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And amazing classroom and amazing space to be here Mato says students will produce work if you reach them where they are and take notes on what their interested in Whether that's music shoes or sports This one being one of my biggest accomplishments a lot of teachers say how many people get 90% of these kids pass have them you know coming from broken homes and this and that I said hey you know it's been time to get into those Let's go Okay okay okay I'm in the physical time to pray I'm graduation every day so I can live for another way Some of Mayfield's videos have thousands of views and he's been featured on national television Songs about black history month and little girl magic have helped students build confidence that will carry them far beyond elementary school Those types of Staples interject into the student's mind and psyche that they can do whatever they want to do And they don't have to have and I use this quote a lot Your dreams don't have to be from broken dreams Your dreams are your dreams So if drains before you may have been broken you were going to be broken He preaches hard work turns into hard work before you know it The next thing on his list is an upcoming music video about students having goals NPR news April is national poetry month and if poetry is near thing don't worry a lot of people are with you on that But if you want to give poetry a shot and it just seems too dense or hard to appreciate NPR's life kit has some tips for you Here's NPR's Andrew Limbaugh with that You probably don't need an official month to get you to pick up a book or listen to music But I promise you poetry can offer you the same rush of feelings It's visceral to me and I can't explain always what it is that gives me that feeling it's just that when I have it it's the only thing that matters That's for any Choi poet and co host of the poetry podcast versus as in VSD abbreviation by the way And she says a love of poetry comes not from your head but from your gut which is our first bit of advice when it comes to appreciating poetry Try and forget how you learned it in school Most commonly people are taught that the way to engage with the poem is by parsing it by trying to understand it and master it and be able to write an essay about it And I think that keeps us from really developing personal relationships to poetry Sure learning about similes and meter and form has its place but it's not like you have to know a thing about cinematography to appreciate a movie right Which brings us to our next tips which are one read the poem out loud and then to visualize the poem Poet and UCLA professor Harriet mullin says think of the poem you're reading like a movie you're directing What colors would you use What kind of setting would there be Can you imagine the speaker is the speaker seemed to be male or female or both or neither or indeterminate What might the speaker be wearing I asked them if I could try this out on one of her poems If that works We'll see So it's called still waiting and then it says four Alison SAAR Please approach with care these figures in black regard with care the weight vapor the scars that mark their hearts Do you think you can handle these bodies of graphite and coal dust This color might rub off a drop of this red liquid could stain your skin This black powder could blow you sky high No ordinary pigments black in our blues would you mop the floor with this bucket of blood Would you rinse your soiled laundry in this basin of tears Would you suckle hot milk from this cracked vessel Would you be baptized in this fountain of funky sweat Please approach with care These bodies are still waiting to be touched We invite you to come closer We permit you to touch and be touched We hope you will engage with care Nicely done That's very nervous I told her what I saw all the things that I saw someone dressed in dirty dusty coveralls making a speech at an auditorium or something It didn't match her intention when writing the poem but that's okay because our last tip is there are no wrong answers Trust yourself as much as you trust the poet This is so wonderful because when I write something I know what I'm thinking when I'm writing it and what is so interesting to me and what I'm always curious about is how does the reader experience that Because obviously it's going to be different because the reader was not right with me when I wrote it and you know even if I tell you exactly what I thought and where I was and all of that it's still going to be a different poem for you for any reader And hopefully with some of this advice in mind you'll be one of those readers Andrew limbong and pyrrhus And now that we have a better sense of how to read poetry let's talk about writing it Every April to celebrate national poetry month we ask you for your original poems which you post on Twitter with the hashtag NPR poetry This year like last we're adding TikTok to the mix And to help kick things off this year we're joined by Donovan Beck his poems have gotten millions of views on TikTok.

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