Odes and Detroit

I’ve just finished preparing for my creative writing class in Detroit tomorrow. We’re going to be writing odes, so I’m bringing in Neruda’s odes, and Bishop’s “The Fish.” And, I put several different cool-feeling items- a Pez dispenser, a mini-football, a water-rocket, a small pointy-haired monster– in individual parcels, and I’m going to be asking the kids to feel them without looking at them, then write odes about them based on how they feel to the touch. I’m so excited!

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