I just reread last week’s blog. Did you? I hope so. Despite the pronounced errors, it was a good blog. Sorry for them. I did spell check. Today is another day to try again. To start, I’d like to add my condolences to the many that have been given to the family and friends of Caribbean poet, playwright Derek Walcott, who died on March 17, 2017, at the age of 87. Walcott was born and died on the island of St. Lucia. He was a Nobel Prize winner for literature, whom I was introduced to through his play Dream on Monkey Mountain, which won an Obie Award. The play was produced at the Cincinnati Playhouse Shelter House Theatre by Charles Holman. In honor of the man and his work I present one of his poems, Mid-Summer, Tobago
Broad sun-stoned beaches,
A green river.
Scorched yellow palms
from the summer sleeping house
drowsing through August,
Days I have held,
Days I have lost,
days that outgrow, like daughters,
My harboring arms.
Thanks to PoemHunter.com for reproducing the poem.
This week’s books from Stenhouse Publishers on teaching writing to children: Sharing the Blue Crayon: How to Integrate Social, Emotional, and Literacy Learning , by Mary Anne Buckley (Grades K-3); Teaching Globally: Reading the World Through Literature: Edited by Kathy G. Short, Deanna Day, and Jean Schroeder, (Grades K-6).