“Instructions for a Bad Day” by Shane Koyczan


The majority of my blog post have been overwhelmingly emotional and if I’m being honest I’ve cried writing all of them. I will not cry today as I write my final blog post because this post will be full of celebration. I am celebrating ending this time consuming wonderful experience with edublogs. I am celebrating the last days of high school. The good and the bad. Continue reading

Trying to “Salvage the Bones” of what’s left of this school year

Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones is a 12 day chronicle of a poor black family in Bois Sauvage, Mississippi before during and slightly after Hurricane Katrina. It focuses on a 14-year-old girl named Esch, her life and the hurricane’s impact on it.

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After “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan

After my teacher read my analysis of “To This Day”, by Shane Koyczan, my teacher suggested I should write a mentor text poem on it. I thought about it, but then also weighed the amount of work I do in all of my classes and put it at the bottom of my list. However, when my teacher gave us a list of possible blog options for the upcoming month, writing a mentor text poem was one of them. So here it is. Continue reading

“To This Day,” I’m still analyzing poetry for English class

I distinctly remember the night my broken, thirteen-year-old self stumbled across this spoken word poem, as a YouTube video actually. I remember clinging to every word as this random man (Shane Koyczan), not only described things I was feeling, but allowed me to see things from others’ perspectives and to understand their pain, as well. I reread and re-listen to this poem often, and experience different emotions every time. But now I’m looking at this through an academic lens. Continue reading

Looking into girlfriends and trains with Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney begins the poem, “Girlfriend’s Train”  with a quote from a woman introduced later, “You write like a Black woman who’s never been hit before.” Just that statement alone let’s the reader know that this later introduced woman has indeed been hit before. It also opens up so many questions: What does this woman mean by this comment? How does she intend for this comment to be taken? I was immediately intrigued. Continue reading

Analyzing cardboard boxes and their disappearances with Clint Smith

Have you ever read a poem that just punched you in the face? For me, this poem was “How to Make a Cardboard Box Disappear in 10 Steps” found here. This poem is beautifully simplistic and short white getting its message across with no issue. Continue reading