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  1. Liam O'Loingsigh
    Liam O'Loingsigh October 16, 2020 at 4:54 am .

    A bit late in seeing this? However, in 1968 or ’69 as a 13 year old boy I was given ‘worms and the wind’ as a punishment exercise. Being a bit of a wild boy I forgot to do it but had an hour bus run to school and read and commented on this, as I was writing, ‘a wee light went on’ and I enjoyed poetry. The teacher was pleasantly surprised by my effort and I couldn’t get enough English classes.

  2. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett December 19, 2010 at 6:36 am .

    It was when I was 14 years old, after a teacher showed me a few poems by Sandburg (in some standard junior high school English reader of the time), and played an LP recording of Sandburg reading a few of his poems, that (either later that day or later that week) I decided to be a poet, and started writing poems.<br /><br />That was in the fall of 1968. It took a few years before I was sure I

  3. Kent Johnson
    Kent Johnson December 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm .

    I&#39;ll bet none of you have spent as much time as I have in Galesburg, Illinois, the birthplace, of course, of Carl Sandburg.<br /><br />Or in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, for that matter, the hometown of Lorine Niedecker.<br /><br />Just wanted to throw a little taunt down for the weekend. <br /><br />So chew on it.<br /><br />Kent

  4. JforJames
    JforJames December 17, 2010 at 11:26 pm .

    Joseph, I&#39;ll never turn my back on Sandburg. Perhaps it was that I grew in St. Louis, a lesser kind of Chicago, and his poetry spoke the langauge of cities and open spaces. <br /><br />Read &quot;Manitoba Childe Roland&quot; for me, some cold winter night.<br /><br />Jim F

  5. Issa's Untidy Hut
    Issa's Untidy Hut December 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm .

    Many &quot;non-poetry&quot; people I know fondly remember this anthology also – one friend, most unpoetic, one day recited the entire &quot;On His Blindness&quot; by John Milton from memory in a delightfully inappropriate place, crediting &quot;Sound and Sense&quot; …

  6. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison December 17, 2010 at 8:12 pm .

    Don: Ok, ok … how rude! I might have guessed the 10th edition, but who&#39;s counting?<br /><br />And Ed: I was in what was called &quot;College English,&quot; meaning we were all college-bound know-it-alls. This was 1967-68. The teacher was Vernice Van Duzer—I <a href="; rel="nofollow">wrote about her</a> many years ago—and think of her

  7. Issa's Untidy Hut
    Issa's Untidy Hut December 17, 2010 at 7:48 pm .

    Brace yourself, Joseph – it&#39;s in it&#39;s 13th edition.<br /><br />Don

  8. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker December 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm .

    WOW-WEE…<br /><br />&#39;Sound and Sense&#39;<br /><br />from my freshman English class…. <br /><br />hell, I chucked it about 35 years ago<br />when I &quot;weeded-and-pruned&#39; my …. &quot;stash&quot;<br /><br />now, when exactly WAS that? and,<br />where were you when you first …got it?

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