Ms. Leschke's classes for 2018/2019

Ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity…
Rainer Maria Rilke


English 10H 2018/19

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"Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry."  ~Mark Strand

“The poem comes in the form of a blessing—‘like rapture breaking on the mind,’ as I tried to phrase it in my youth. Through the years I have found this gift of poetry to be life-sustaining, life-enhancing, and absolutely unpredictable. Does one live, therefore, for the sake of poetry? No, the reverse is true: poetry is for the sake of the life.”

~Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006) 

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

“I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”
~Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014)


by Mariane Moore

I, too, dislike it:  there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle.

Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in

it after all, a place for the genuine.

Hands that can grasp, eyes

that can dilate, hair that can rise

if it must, these things are important not because a

high-sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because they


useful. When they become so derivative as to become unintelligible,

so not admire what

we cannot understand:  the bat

holding on upside down or in quest of something to

eat, elephants pushing, a wild horse taking a roll, a tireless wolf under

a tree, the immovable critic twitching his skin like a horse that feels

a flea, the base

ball fan, the statistician-

nor is it valid

to discriminate against business documents and

school-books; all these phenomena are important.  One must make a


however:  when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is

not poetry,

nor till the poets among us can be

literalists of the imagination-above

insolence and triviality and can present

for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have

it.  In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand,

the raw material of poetry in

all its rawness and

that which is on the other hand

genuine, you are interested in poetry.

Happy Birthday to Emily Dickinson!!!
(December 10th)

Click here to see a copy of Ms. Leschke's Favorite Poem Project entry.doc

Tell all the truth but tell it slant --

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth's superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind--