Place-Based Poetry, One Step at a Time

Updated: Feb 1, 2019

by Ann Gardner for the National Writing Project

Intimate writing, writing from the heart, does not come easily to most adolescents. This is even true when they write poems, because, although poetry appeals to the heart, these young writers have often been taught to engage with poetry, if at all, using the left side of their brains—seeking words that rhyme, examining the number of syllables, concentrating on meaning. I want my students to use, as well, the part of their brains that allows them to crawl into deep recesses of memory, shake hidden treasures awake, and write from their souls.

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