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Writing With Children After the Fires by Phyllis Meshulam, Sonoma County Poet-Teacher
"This year’s devastating wine country fire season is over. I’m reminded, though, that part of the
function of poetry is to lift the veil of ordinariness that often covers our daily lives, allowing us to see
and heal more deeply. A breakthrough by any student in the class can give permission to many more
to share their feelings."
Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think by Matthew Zapruder, poet
and New York Times poetry editor
"Somewhere, in every poem, there are words that shine forth, light up, almost as if plugged in.
This is what poetry can do for language, and for us."