Yesterday, I left work around 9:30am and hopped the red line to the Tenleytown Metro Station.
During my 13-minute walk, I took a deep breath and exhaled – praying that I don’t bore the students and that I don’t get caught off-guard with a question.
While the nervousness is normal for my school visits, that day’s session was a special one.
My friend and poet Hayes Davis invited me to speak to his class at Sidwell Friends, a prominent private school just north of D.C.
Chelsea Clinton and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Margaret Edson are among the highly-selective Quaker school’s notable alumni. It’s where Malia and Sasha Obama are currently enrolled.
So you know I wanted to make a good impression with it being National Poetry Month, the only time “the world,” as blogger Marie Basile put it, “recognizes our obsession with white space…”
How’d I do? Read the school’s write-up to find out.
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Always inspired by what you’re doing with our youth, Alan. Keep up the good work!
Excellent write-up Alan. Poetry and writing are areas that I’ ve not had the time to explore until recently. It’s a new world for me and I’m enjoying its exploration. Thanks for the heads up on your activities and glad to see students are benefitting from your experience.
Thanks, Paul, for the encouraging words. Enjoy the exploration!