Kip Zegers The Pond in Room 318

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The Pond in Room 318

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Poetry. "This small book has I hope both social and aesthetic content. It argues for the 'truth' of certain experiences, for the possibility that these particulars link to something larger: 'The termination of the world in a man, appears to be the last victory of intelligence. The universal does not attract us until housed in an individual.' That is Emerson, in The Method of Nature. If these poems, and essays, have not fully succeeded, I can accept that. I have tried to do a big thing, perhaps beyond my abilities, but, as George Oppen said, 'truth is also the pursuit of it.' This work intends just such a pursuit, and embodies a belief in the largeness of our experiences. The truth of life in a school is a matter of change, resistance, hope, risk, apathy, compassion, understanding, blindness, empathy, defeat, the gap between youth and age, and the natural authority of adults. These, if they can be substantiated in verse, are the reality of life in a school. As such, they belong to poetry, not to discursive prose, or to a spreadsheet read in a central office." Kip Zegers, from the Introduction to THE POND IN ROOM 218

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Kip Zegers is from Chicago, born 1943, educated in the Catholic schools and continued his education at John Carroll University, and Northwestern University (MA, 1966). He was a VISTA volunteer living and working in central Harlem from 1966-67, attended Union Theological Seminary (1967-69), and applied for and received Conscientious Objector status in 1969. After completing Alternate Service, he began to write seriously, while earning his living at a wide variety of jobs. In the early 80s he trained in Secondary Education at Hunter College, and has been teaching at Hunter College H. S., a public high school for gifted students, for 31 years. He has published 6 chapbooks and 3 full length volumes of poetry to date.

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from Beloit Poetry Journal: We welcome the opportunity to publish, in this season when teachers are under attack from all quarters, more of your poems about teaching. More than any other poet we know, you have earned the epithet Poet of Schools. --Lee Sharkey & John Rosenwald

Thank you for sending your splendid, heartening Reading Whitman in Manhattan. Your poems, the student poems, the prose orientations and sea change accounts it makes a distinctive, distinguished and glorious constellation hats off to you and your collaborators. --Robert Pinsky

I m not trying to be polite in saying I found the book enthralling. My own long years of teaching lead me to recognize, and honor, the truthfulness in your book both in the poems and in the prose. The whole is intensely moving. I m struck by the absence of posturing, by the austerity in style, and the drive to get things right, in their mysterious, nuanced there-ness. --Rosanna Warren

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