The Most Exciting Thing I Can Imagine

Leavin' cheap motels surrounding cracked asphalt, leavin' the ratty backyards, leavin' off bakin' in the hot sun...

Editor’s note:  In school we read poems and then talk about them; discuss their meaning.  I would suggest finding an actor to ‘play’ the poem, while the students play director – adjusting the various bits of the actors performance for  ‘authenticity’.   This is how we go about it in the theater.  And it’s a valuable way of feeling one’s way into a piece of art, rather than thinking one’s way.  Artwork is often more revealing and receptive to this approach.  For example, in this poem we found that the narrator was an older Southern woman recounting one of her earliest adventures at age 15, when she ran off with her older boyfriend.

Voice by Molly Blades / Photo by Carl Nelson

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