Grasslands! Bioregions! History! Why should anybody care?
I can feel myself getting excited just typing. It's a problem. I did recommend Google for those terms and places they don't recognize, so we'll see how that goes. Also, there's a certain level of inexpressible glee that only comes from teaching books that have that many Post-It notes in them, that many notes in the margins, the book that you guard with your life and never let anybody touch, because those notes are not replaceable.
But why should anybody care?
I look forward to pressing them on this question as we keep going. History is only boring when you forget that it's about real people.
After we hung up with him, and we were debriefing, my students seemed a little stunned that he read us a new poem, that he apologized for its rough form before he did (and I said, remember that first workshop we did when I told you no apologizing for your work (they nodded), and I said, it doesn't go away...). They also seemed very taken with the idea of failure and that he allowed himself the failure.
This blog post is indeed today's love poem to Ted Kooser. I love the guy. What I didn't know is that a jazz musician named Maria Schneider put some of his poetry to music and she just won a bunch of Grammy's. Poetry is alive.
And the world is beautiful.