No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118

Brief Intervals of Horrible Sanity

Brief Intervals of Horrible Sanity is the story of poet Elizabeth Gold's one year teaching at a progressive charter school in NYC. She is woefully unprepared to handle inner city youth with poetry as her only weapon.

This is not a great book. It's probably not even a good book, as she allows her poetry to migrate into her prose far too frequently [and there is a reason you have not read her poetry]. But it's still an interesting book. It combines the horrors of the modern educational system, the horrors of the modern teen, and a narrator who suffers from an inability to acknowledge her own failure.

As a failure in the high school milieu myself, I can sympathize, but I like to think I was more realistic.
Tags: book, education

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