- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Teachers & Writers Collaborative (June 27, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0915924536
- ISBN-13: 978-0915924530
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I never Told Anybody: Teaching Poetry Writing to Old People
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I'm glad to say that this edition contains the same material that was in the first. Why the title was changed, I am unsure. The new title leaves me cold; the old one was more relevant to the content of the book, and it has been maintained on all but the new title page. Anybody who knows anything about the lives of people who are remembering what cool stuff they did and never told will also wonder about the current cover of the book. (I have used 60s jargon for a reason here, people. Have you been to a gathering of 60s radicals lately? Pretty tame.)
Anyhow, exactly how Dad used I NEVER TOLD ANYBODY is something I do not know. I suspect that he loaned it to his assistant. That any poetry might have been written rather defies my imagination, but the book does give some wonderful conversation starters and, in the poetry section, some insights into the kind of reflection that someone of the age I am approaching might be inclined to make. In that way it is still an invaluable tool for young aides who have the insight to read it with a little sympathy. Maybe some of those aides might have the patience to help the occasional oldster to write a lyric, or whatever.
After Dad passed away I found my copy among his possessions with his name on the inside of the front cover. Invaluable!
If you teach anything creative- think about why you teach it. To give job skills? To meet state goals? Those are both fine reasons. But Koch is teaching in a nursing home to profoundly affect how people look at their inner landscape. Do you teach to empower and to change lives? Would you like to think that's what you do? I would read this not as a how-to but a why-to.