Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

by Brendan Nelson

Dear Editor,

As a veteran high school English teacher, I truly value Poetry.  As a resource for my poetry unit and as a source for poems simply to share with my colleagues, the magazine has been invaluable and helpful. In the midst of online postings, where anyone can write anything and call it poetry, it is refreshing to know that Poetry is still publishing the best poetry around—poetry that inspires with its ideas and challenges with its questions. My students recently read and discussed the poems in your April issue and truly enjoyed them; as I did not make the activity into a structured lesson, the students were able to read the poems that interested them and discuss what they liked and noticed in them.  To my surprise, quite a few enjoyed the poems and asked me further questions about them.

Thank you for providing this opportunity to young people, who will become future readers of poetry.


Editor's Note:
We offer free copies of Poetryto reading groups and classes every April for National Poetry Month. Please visit our website for more details: poetryfoundation.org/npm.

danville, california

Originally Published: September 1, 2011

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This prose originally appeared in the September 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

September 2011

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