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Completely Subjective: Daisy Fried’s “This Need Not Be a Comment on Death”

By the time my grandmother started handing out her lladros, her memory was already erratic at best. I gathered with my sister and cousins in their squat living room, prepared to accept the heirlooms dutifully as if sworn to protect a legacy encased within the tiny figures. While granted, I was a relatively emotional child, I…

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The Three That Speak to Us: “Do Unto Others,” “Country Western Singer,” “Dead Critics Society”

Daniel Johnson’s “Do Unto Others,” Alan Shapiro’s “Country Western Singer,” and Mike Dockins’ “Dead Critics Society” are three of the greatest, most thought-provoking poems featured in Best American Poetry’s 2007 edition. Nick and I read each poem in the volume looking for underlying themes, tone shifts, creative new ways of conveying messages, and other characteristics to narrow down the…

The Three That Speak to Us: “A House is Not a Home”, “The Happy Majority”, and “Concerning the Land of the South of Our Neighbors to the North”

In our 2009 version of “Best American Poetry”, we selected three poems that spoke to both my partner, Lucas Thompson, and I. We believe that these poems tackle very important issues in the modern world, but they do so without being too complicated to understand. We believe that the poems we chose are both easily…

The Three That Speak To Us: “Perfect Front Door,” “Reunion,” and “Self Portrait With Critic”

In society today, the importance of poems and the popularity of them are decreasing.  Less people are reading and writing these pieces; but after reading my 2002 volume of Best American Poetry, I came to realize that poems should still be read and interpreted by all.  High School students, especially, can learn from and relate…

The three that speak to us by Fin and Jeremy

Fin Batson, Jeremy Merrifield 16 January 2018 Modern Poetry Ms. Graham The Three That Speak to Us The goal for us is to choose three poems that represented  our year of 2016. With this goal we found seven poems we liked then we narrowed it down to the three poems we thought represented our year…

The Three That Speak to Us: “Eating Walnuts, “There are Birds Here”, and “Anxieties”

This year my partner and I looked through The Best American Poetry 2015 and narrowed it down to three poems we feel strongly about.  The purpose of this assignment is to get high school students to take a look at these poems because we feel these three poems say something worthwhile to our generation. In…

“The Three That Speak to Us: [“Pachyderm”, “Stupid Sandwich”, “The Art of Drinking Tea”]

Ryan Baird, Connor Sullivan   Issues of Contemporary Poetry   Period 1   Ms. Graham    “The Three That Speak to Us: [“Pachyderm”, “Stupid Sandwich”, “The Art of Drinking Tea”]   The goal of this activity is to find three poems from our Best American Poetry volume that we believe best speak to our generation.…

The Three That Speak to Us: “What You Have to Get Over,” “Black Telephone,” and “Grave”

In the beginning of our school year, Drew, Sigurd and I were assigned the novel The Best American Poetry 2010 edition.  During the 2010 year, most of us senior students were around the age of 10 years old and there were a couple notable events that had occurred in the would. The BP oil spill…