Poetry and Fiction pairing

16 Feb

I have spent a lot of time recently reading and reviewing short stories in a bid to boost my students’ engagement with literature, help them to understand how effective short stories are constructed, and to model how to offer opinions about the work of others.

One of the short stories that I read was by Roxane Gay.  The language in this text (first seen in the title), probably makes it unsuitable for school.  However, it did get me thinking about the way in which composers convey emotion and the complexities of a migrant’s relationship with his new home.  The slur used in Gay’s text also reminded me of Wyclef Jean’s spoken word poem ‘Immigrant‘.

Pending permission from the powers that be, I think it would be really interesting to compare these two texts, exploring them as part of a suite of texts exploring the complex range of emotions and responses to re-establishing oneself in a new country, city or place.

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