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In Caring There is Hope: A Response to “I Don’t Like Teaching”

posted: 6.17.13 by Susan Naomi Bernstein

Making the rounds on Facebook recently was, “I Don’t Like Teaching. There, I Said It,” a blog post from the Chronicle of Higher Education, written by a pseudonymous college professor who admits that he/she does not like to teach.  Most succinctly, the writer states: “So if you don’t like teaching, don’t worry about it. You don’t have to like it; you just have to care about it.”

At first I felt puzzled by the oppositions of “liking” and “caring,” which seemed sharply disconnected from the passion that many of us experience as teachers of Basic Writing. But then I reconsidered.  My experiences with schooling, both frustrated by endless constraints and inspired by new experiences of learning, did not initially provoke a desire to teach.  My mother had returned to college for a teaching certificate in the early 1970s, and I would avoid my own homework by reading her textbooks, with titles as intriguing as “Crisis in the Classroom,” about the failure of public education, and “Summerhill,” about the open school movement. I dreamed of attending an open school where I could study what I liked instead of the algebra that tied me up in knots in junior high with its endless proofs and formulas. [read more]

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Poetry, Proliferating

posted: 3.8.10 by archived

Last month, David Alpaugh wrote an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education called “The New Math of Poetry.” In it he describes the explosion of poetry publishing, particularly online, and what it means for poetic culture. He bemoans the potential loss of a brilliant poet or two in all the poetic static.

Whether there are actually as many published poets as Alpaugh claims and whether we as a culture lose something when a brilliant poet goes unrecognized is up for debate (as the article’s comments section shows). But there’s no denying that poetry, like journalism, prose fiction, music, visual art, and most other media is easier to publish than ever. And poets of all ages and skill levels are rising to the challenge. Whether you like this development or not, it does make it harder to find new, good poetry outside of a few traditional venues like Poetry or The New Yorker.

With that in mind, we’re going to start a new feature here at Teaching Poetry where we round up some of the best poetry journals, magazines, and blogs out there. We’ll have a theme for each round-up, and we’ll try to find the best online examples of different types of poetry journals.

Hopefully this will help you navigate online poetry, and maybe find a new favorite poet. (As of right now, we have no affiliation with any of the blogs we’re going to mention. If we ever do mention an affiliated blog, we’ll disclose it.)

For our inaugural round-up we offer you one site that has the content and power of a thousand: Web del Sol. David Alpaugh mentions WDS at the beginning of his Chronicle article, and for good reason—the home page is teeming with literary content. Founded in 1994 by Michael Neff, and only the second organization to put a poetry journal online, WDS now calls itself the literary locus of the Web. It’s a collaborative cultural effort that includes several journals, reviews, and zines, as well as links to hundreds of other literary sites.

Feeling overwhelmed by the WDS home page? Click on eSCENE to narrow down your options a bit. eSCENE is a digest of highlights from fiction, poetry, and new media journals. They publish the editor’s selections at least six times a year—which should be enough to keep you  reading all year round.

Of course, please let us know of your current favorite poetry sources in the comments below—we’ll be sure to mention you if your recommendation winds up in a post.

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