Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Cats!

The boys in their Halloween ties. Don't judge (too much)! I got a good deal: $2.50 each and free shipping!

Galway Kinnell

The wonderful poet Galway Kinnell passed away earlier this week. I've always been very fond of this poem, and am thankful that Andrew Sullivan's blog pointed me to video of him reading it. So often, students will complain that so much of what we read in classes is sad and depressing. This poem is in my catalog of responses to that criticism. I love the details like the too-tight pajamas that the boy still wears and the touching immediacy and intimacy of the line "his face gleaming with satisfaction at being this very child." It's cozy and sweet and just lovely.

(Special shout-out to a loyal reader who recently asked me to post something, anything. It's been hard to get back into regular posting, but I promise to try harder!)