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dverselogoSchool is back in session.

It’s been two weeks for us and the year is already flying by. For some students, it seems, they are still waking up from summer break. Yesterday I had several talks with students and today I am meeting with parents—in hopes that this year may be different than last for some students.

One of the great challenges with teaching is finding the best way to reach a child and balance that with holding them accountable to learning. There has to be effort from the student, because life definitely will not just give you what you want.

Learning is an essential element of life…I am always learning new things.

At the end of August,ย  I passed my four year anniversary of writing poetry. My first poem came only as a challenge from a friend who enjoyed my prose. I am still just figuring this thing out. smiles.

One of the fringe benefits of OpenLinkNight to me is seeing how each of you write, how you turn a phrase, how you tell a story, how you structure you poem. Maybe I am easily amused, but reading—is another form of study.

What I glean from reading goes into my tool box, to be used in a future poem.

Keep that in mind as you head around the poetry trail tonight and as you are letting other poets know what you appreciate about their verse…this is an investment in a future poem of your own.

Welcome to OpenLinkNight everyone, my name is Brian Miller and I will be your host this evening. Before we get started, we have some business to attend to…announcing the winners of our 2nd year anniversary poetry contest with Boston Poetry Mag.

As you will remember the top three poets are included in their upcoming anthology and the top ten will be published on their website. With out further ado, the top three poets are…

Kelly (mrs mediocrity)
Kelli (mama zen)
Jennifer (poetry laundry)

..and I will announce the 7 others that make up the top ten on monday

Congratulations poets, well done!

Alright, time to get our poetry on, if you are new here, let me tell you how it works:

  • Write a poem and post it on your webpage.
  • Click on the Mr. Linky button below and enter your name and direct URL to your poem.
  • Read others and share your thoughts on their poem: what did you like, what line will stick with you, what did you appreciate about the way they approached the poem?
  • Promote yourself and OpenLinkNight on the social media of your choice. Us ethe hashtag #OpenLinkNight or @dversepoets so we can promote you as well.
  • Have fun. Read. Learn. Make friends. You never know…

See you out on the trail. ~Brian