Short Form Debrief: Snapshot from My Summer Vacation

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.


“Salem, Mass.”

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.

4 thoughts on “Short Form Debrief: Snapshot from My Summer Vacation

  1. Monique Jamail

    Commenting on your blogs is a process. You should put like buttons under each post. I think there is a way, but I’m not exactly sure how. 🙂

    Sent from my iPad


    1. Good suggestion. They’re actually already there. Are you reading the posts on your phone? It’s possible that might affect the way the pages load or appear. Your comment here says you’re sending it from your iPad. I wonder whether that makes a difference?


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