POETRY AND PUNCTUATION

Literacy and Me

Sometimes it is a simple matter of punctuation that turns a prose paragraph into a poem.

For example, here is a brief paragraph about my cat, Freesia:

She has a stubborn streak, this good-natured cat of mine. She plops down on the computer keyboard when she craves attention. She reclines on whatever I’m looking at, writing on, trying to read at the moment. Finally, I grab her middle, swoop her up, and deposit her firmly on the floor.

Here are the same words arranged in poetic form, thanks to a few changes in line length and punctuation marks:

Freesia

She has a stubborn-streak,

My good-natured cat.

She plops down on my keyboard

When she craves my attention.

She reclines on whatever

I’m looking at,

Writing on,

Trying to read

Until I grab her “amidships,”

Then sweep her up,

And deposit her

Firmly on the floor.

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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