Poetry Performance & Discussion

This formative work provides some of the evidence necessary to demonstrate readiness for a summative assessment which will measure Competency #4: Listening/Speaking/Viewing.

To sign-up to perform a poem or lead a discussion related to a poem from the Poetry 180 collection at the Library of Congress, click on the appropriate link below.

Performance & Discussion Dates


1 Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins
2 The Good Life by Tracy K. Smith
3 Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation by Natalie Diaz
4 Question by May Swenson
5 Thanks by Yusef Komunyakaa
6 How Bright It Is by Brian Turner
7 Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out? by Ron Koertge
8 Numbers by Mary Cornish
9 The Cord by Leanne O’Sullivan
10 At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border by William Stafford
11 Girls, Look Out for Todd Bernstein by Jason Bredle
12 The Bat by Theodore Roethke
13 Did I Miss Anything by Tom Wayman
14 Neglect by R. T. Smith
15 The Poet by Tom Wayman
16 Radio by Laurel Blossom
17 Bad Day by Kay Ryan
18 The Farewell by Edward Field
19 The Partial Explanation byCharles Simic
20 Dorie Off To Atlanta byMark Halliday
21 Wheels by Jim Daniels
22 Remora, Remora by Thomas Lux
23 Tour by Carol Snow















How to prepare to perform a poem:

      • read the poem aloud and pay attention to the following as you do so:
          • punctuation and spacing to determine the appropriate rhythm for your reading
          • pronunciation and meaning of unfamiliar terms; use www.m-w.com for help
      • read the poem aloud several more times
      • to improve pacing and interpretation, consciously decide to enjoy the process of reading.

How to prepare to discuss a poem:

      • read the poem several times
      • identify connections ("text to text", "text to world", "text to self") to the poem
      • identify questions prompted by the poem
      • identify imagery/word choice you find interesting