“Why I Hate Telling People I Teach English”   2 comments

Wendy Barker & Emily BirthdayWendy Barker — Image and Video by kenne

“Why I Hate Telling People I Teach English,” is a new poem by Wendy Barker. I love this poem! But I feel obliged to point out that the nice thing about being able to answer the question, “What do you do for a living?” with “I teach English,” is not having to explain what it is you do after answering the question. I’ve had jobs that would generate a follow-up question, “So, what’s that?”, which directs the conversation into my answering a question that was not asked with the intention of getting an answer – it’s just “small talk.” It’s the small talk that gets to us, which is why most people should find Wendy’s poem entertaining as well as being very good prose poetry.


Posted December 13, 2009 by kenneturner in MCLAC, Poetry, video

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  1. Pingback: Why I Hate Telling People I Teach English « Montgomery County Literary Arts Council

  2. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    On this Sunday morning, as I often do, I began the day by reading poetry. This morning I pulled Wendy Barker’s book of poetry, “Nothing Between Us” off the bookshelf. In 2009 I videoed her reading from her then-new book, as I did her reading, “Why I Hate Telling People I Teach English.” — kenne


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