Not only in April

Poetry? You can't read poetry
in class everyday!

Poetry is for April.
A short unit.
Canonical, happy poems -
that rhyme.

But I will not capitulate
to that dark argument.

I concede to short verses,
but not to the sole confinement
to the canon.

Class leads off with "Poetry should ride the bus"
while "Tattoo" stands in the on deck circle,
and "Eating Poetry" in the hole.

Students conform to "waterskiing across the surface of a poem,"
encouraged to let go of the tow rope
and sink deep into the shallows of their skull.


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