Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How to Teach Grammar by Chella Courington

How to Teach Grammar
for denis johnson


i don’t care about their commas
rarely can’t follow an essay
with a run-on sentence
or is it run-away

words colliding in white space
f r a g m e n t s
as if anything comes out whole
like this morning

i race to the committee on ethics
leave in the middle of class
gulp peach smoothie
eight live active cultures

stillborn sentences
turned upside down slapped
on the ass shoved into sound bites
not breathing yet

to hell with grammar
david sleeps in the parking garage
at perdido & salsipuedes
sober most days last thursday

he saw a boy shot
fifteen his son’s age
anna’s clean six months
january her daughter starts second grade

ready to write i yell turning to the board
write naked write from exile write in blood


First Published: Studio (January 2008). Ed. Rishma Dunlop

4 comments:

客服 said...

別人短處,掩蓋幾分;別人過失,包容幾分。 ..................................................

如此的 said...

We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull, Some have weird names , and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.............................................

Maggie May said...

i really, really needed this, which sometimes is more important and better than loving it.

joanna said...

Hey, Chella! This is great. I needed it, too.