I’m A Featured Poet at Contemporary American Voices!

I am happy to announce that the poetry website Contemporary American Voices has selected me as their featured poet for May 2016!

Three of my poems appear:

Pilgrim

Contours

Happy Hour

Along with my work, poetry of my brother, Lukas Guard, and an old schoolmate, Allison Boyd, also appears.

English Teachers Of My Youth: Mrs. Humphrey

8th grade: I was a big dog on middle school campus. I felt both able and allowed to be mischievous. And throughout most of the year I had mixed feelings about Mrs. Humphrey, the short, stern-faced, saccharine, classically PTA-mom-like teacher of my final middle school year.
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Using Semisonic and The Lumineers to Teach High School Poetry

Whenever I introduce a poetry unit to my high school students, I always begin by reviewing a list of literary terms, with an example song (usually “Colorblind” by Counting Crows) that uses many devices. I then have them identify as many literary terms as they can in a song they select on their own. I trick them into admitting that they like poetry…as long as it’s mostly rhyme and rhythm accompanied by music.
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