The Readers Group and students from WMHS met to discuss 2013 ‘Vermont Reads’ book Poetry 180 edited by Billy Collins. We had all read the book at the pace of a poem or two a day. Most of us were not regular poetry readers before tackling this book.
Each member of the discussion came with a favorite poem of those we had read. Some read the poem even though that wasn’t a requirement. You only had to tell what made that poem stand out to you.
The students were given an additional assignment by teacher Kim Deslaurier. They took a line from one of the poems in the book and made their own poem based on it. Several also prepared displays of both poems with illustrations. The members of the readers group agreed that the student written poems were very impressive.
Following the discussion, the participants enjoyed refreshments provided by the students.