Writing in the Asylum: Student Poets in City Schools / Edition 1

Writing in the Asylum: Student Poets in City Schools / Edition 1

by Jennifer McCormick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807744891

ISBN-13: 9780807744895

Pub. Date: 07/25/2004

Publisher: Teachers College Press

Jennifer McCormick opens a fascinating window on the lives of young women, showing how poetry can create a sense of security and self-esteem in the often sterile, violent, and oppressive environment of an urban high school. The students' poetry is at once disturbing and beautiful, hopeful and bleak, and McCormick's depiction of the increasingly institutionalized

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Jennifer McCormick opens a fascinating window on the lives of young women, showing how poetry can create a sense of security and self-esteem in the often sterile, violent, and oppressive environment of an urban high school. The students' poetry is at once disturbing and beautiful, hopeful and bleak, and McCormick's depiction of the increasingly institutionalized nature of urban schools is riveting. The author crafts a compelling argument that shows the power of poetry as a response to the depersonalization that students face in many urban high schools, and shows readers how it flourishes both despite and because of the violence and "criminalizing institutional routines" of many public schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807744895
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
07/25/2004
Series:
Teaching for Social Justice Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
Background2
Poetry Is Not a Luxury6
1.She Gave Me a Poet's Name8
Memories of a School8
The Poets11
Nikki: "She Taught Me Who I Am"12
Tanzania: "I'm All Lines"13
Nessa: "What's Wrong with Being Haitian!"14
Jhoy: "That's How it Was Back Home"16
Relationships, Writing, and Rewriting18
2.Discard and Permanence in Postindustrial New York35
Further Down the Block36
Contexturalizing a Throw-Away Society42
Hypersegregation and Public Disinvestment45
Images of Permanence52
3.Drag Me to the Asylum57
From Training to Containment59
"We Need More Security"60
"The Cult of Efficiency"62
Subordinating Assessment66
The Architecture of Schooling72
The Thing Around/The Thing Within: Images of Armor and Sanctuary76
4.Escape Routes82
Don't Hurt Me Anymore86
When I Walk Down the Hall: Profiling and Other Performances90
The Distance Between Violence and Language: Logging and Tagging a Dangerous Persona96
Beyond Monolithic Labels99
5.Conclusion105
Violence in Schools: "You Have to Go Deeper to Change a Person"110
Internalizing a Guiding Voice in School116
The Purpose of Poetry121
References125
Index133
About the Author143

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