anthologies

Teaching with Fire:
Poetry that Sustains the Courage to teach

SAM M. INTRATOR & MEGAN SCRIBNER, EDITORS
JOSSEY-BASS PUBLISHERS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2003

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Teaching with Fire is a powerful collection of eighty-eight poems from well-loved poets such as Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, and Pablo Neruda. Each poem is accompanied by a brief story from a teacher explaining the significance of the poem in his or her life’s work; along with essays that describe how poetry can be used both personally and professionally. When asked to contribute, I chose to describe the comfort and presence of the work of e.e.cummings in my life.

REVIEWS

“Teaching with Fire is a glorious collection of the poetry that has restored the faith of teachers in the highest, most transcendent values of their work with children.”
Jonathan Kozol, author of Amazing Grace and Savage Inequalities

“In the Confucian tradition it is said that the mark of a golden era is that children are the most important members of the society and teaching is the most revered profession. Our journey to that ideal may be a long one, but it is books like this that will sustain us.”
Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline

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