(i) Ancient secret of teachers: Easy questions make the hardest exams. (ii) Empty school court-yard; small whirlwinds collect dead leaves and students’ papers. Advertisements
Students learn and use Shakespearean insults; their sparring is laughter.
Freshmen scan movie version of The Odyssey for Homer’s spirit.
(i) Former students walk through hallways that are the same but not quite the same. (ii) She looks at my face for answers; I look at the book, closed on her desk.
Descriptions of men eaten by Cyclops; they cringe and respect words.
They practice writing epic similes; respect for Homer’s words gained.
They stand at apogee, a cold, uncomfortable distance, gazing upon her: a full Venus whose northernmost pole is crowned with clouds— cirrocumulus follicles— the hue of sunset gold and Mars rust. They look at her and wonder— about her Afro, the thought of tracing the loose spirals of its curl pattern is a gravity that …
Reading The Tempest, colonialism is learned through Caliban.
Odyssey: Book 2. Girl misreads Penelope’s tricks as seduction.
With new eyes, they read Greek mythology and see lies told by Disney.