School starts tomorrow. Actually, I’ve been back a couple of weeks, but classes start tomorrow. Am I ready? Nope. Am I looking forward to it? Sure. Is this how it is every single August? Yup.
Periodically, I’m going to have my students perform something I call the Short Form Debrief. They’ll write very short poems on a particular subject. This will not take a long time. There is no pressure. It’s a low-stakes sandbox way of playing with language. And because I generally don’t ask my students to do any work I haven’t done or am not doing myself, here’s my SFD from my summer vacation.
The oldest place I’ve ever seen:
trees glistening like seaweed canopies,
sailboats in the harbor and flowers in “sweltering” 80-degree heat,
houses crammed with centuries of ghosts and books and fires.