Annotation found poem

Today on Ethical ELA Jessica Shernburg invites teacher-poets to find 1-3 short texts to read and annotate or texts that we’ve previously annotated (“examples you have modeled for your students, your responses to student work, books you have marked up, etc.”). The idea is to use your own annotations in creating a found poem.

This is the kind of thing that could keep me busy for days, weeks, infinity…

My annotations come from an eclectic mix of professional development, research, an old but much-loved novel, and the Bible: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (Zaretta Hammond), The Power of Moments (Chip and Dan Heath), The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (Patricia A. McKillip), and John 16.

Might I violate the expectation
of an experience
with the right amount of tension
keeping the rubber band taut

bearing in mind that
there must be trust enough
for productive struggle

risking vulnerability
even as a disciple unprepared
for the terribleness
of what is to come

imagine tapping inner power
to call creatures with ancient magic
unto myself

while tasting
the freewheeling thoughts
of birds

2 thoughts on “Annotation found poem

  1. I get chills from, “…to call creatures with ancient magic / unto myself.” Your annotations must have been profound to begin with, but I suspect this project truly makes them more than the sum of their parts.

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    • Ah, that line is connected to The Forgotten Beasts of Eld which I reread this year, having read it long ago when I was a child. I was always captivated by the main character, with the power to do call the ancient magical creatures – and keep them. My annotations are usually simple; I used the two nonfiction texts in professional development and could remember the pages where I’d written, so I just grabbed those books to see what I could craft; it was great fun to throw Forgotten Beasts in the mix.

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