If I wanted to be Rimbaud, what was I doing in graduate school? Trying to stay out of the army, of course. Graduate study gave me a draft deferment. But I also knew I lacked erudition and polish and was often sunk in forlorn reveries.
We need a pedagogy free from fear and focused on the magic of children's innate quest for information and understanding.
In the world of literature, I see prizes as more of a duty to the craft itself, rather than as something for the individual.
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