Why I Teach Poetry to My Autistic Students
Chris Martin

Interesting read, thank you. It brings to mind two pieces conflicting (or complementary) writing advice.

One was from an old writing teacher who recommended drilling down into a subject (like your students’ objects of passion) in order to access some deeper meaning or insight:

The world provides. Don’t look away.

The other idea was from Richard Hugo’s essay Writing off the subject:

There are a few people who become more interesting the longer they stay on a single subject. But most people are like me, I find. The longer they talk about one subject, the duller they get.

I wonder how often your students launch off of their original subject (what Hugo called the poem’s ‘trigger’) and into a new territory that creates a surprising connection; e.g., from honey badgers to humans.

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