"Inside The Splintered Wood is tender and deeply human. Myles Gordon is simply an outstanding poet." - Kathleen Spivack, author of With Robert Lowell And His Circle

"Inside The Splintered Wood is a very funny book. But don't take this poet lightly. He'll be the one telling the "joke of utter humanity" when the place blows up."
- Natasha Saje, author of Bend

"...The debut collection from Myles Gordon is at once brave and ravenous; an embodiment of love starved for itself."
- Brendan Constantine, author of Calamity Joe

"A remarkable sonnet sequence lies at the heart of Myles Gordon's brave collection about family and history and the resulting wounds and recovery. "
- Jennifer Barber, author of Given Away

Monday, September 2, 2013

First Day Of School

Tomorrow is the first day of school for my own children. Last Monday was the first day of school for the children I teach. It's always a day full of nerves: children coming into the big building for the first time since June (or for the first time ever) full of anticipation, hesitation, and too often, trepidation. The more I teach, the more I realize teachers come into school the same way. I find as a parent I tend to forget that teachers have dozens of other students to attend to besides my own; and as a teacher, I forget that it's the parents who shoulder the brunt of responsibility for my students. It's the parents who must comfort the crying children waking from bad dreams, who must see their children through the growing pains, and be there for them - even though one is exhausted and stretched too thin. At best, parents and teachers are a mechanism working together for the good of each child, and it does take a lot of work. A wish for good first days of school, and a school year full of growth, accomplishment, and success.

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