Monday, August 27, 2007

Some Writer

I fancied myself a writer in my younger years. Even then I knew that one day I would want to look back at the class assignments and personal creative writing projects I had composed...no doubt to praise myself for how genius I was at the tender age of 13. Below are pictures from an 8th grade English class assignment dated December 3, 1986 called "A Collection of Poems". We each had to write and illustrate a particular number of poems in particular styles. I remember my English teacher that year...Ms. Sewell...and how she encouraged me and humored me. Well, Ms. Sewell, I did not become a writer, I haven't the patience for it, but I did become successful in my own way.

Below each picture are descriptions.

I apparently was very into Nature when I was writing the Haikus.


Meh, boring.


Huh?


Late last night I was cocky.
Late last night I was vain.
Late last night...


Cool


I LOVE to parody poems and stories and plays and...


What is it with teenagers and death/destruction/terror?

They're not completely horrid, but they are good for a laugh and fond memories of sitting at the typewriter, painstakingly hitting each key to get a clean, error-free page.

13 comments:

Jenny Robin said...

Oh, and Catboy can probably guess what grade I got. I was such a little overachiever.

Anonymous said...

Respighi--delightful!!

--emma

CatBoy AKA Charles said...

I got a few As in my day. But I took the easy classes, so that may not be saying much. And I cannot prove it, since in one of my mid-winter fits of mania that follows weeks of being dull-witted, I cleaned out my closet and threw away every single thing I still had from high school. All the term papers, the ticket stubs from concerts, the butt-end of a Turkish cigarette that belonged to Karin McClintoch . . .

condorblue said...

You had a typewriter in 8th grade? Damn girl. I didn't have a typewriter till I was a senior in high school. People make fun of teenagers, but most will admit that they felt more, loved more, and lived more in their teenage years than in all the rest of thier years put together.

Anonymous said...

i hated poetry lessons, and the only poetry i really like to read are children's nonsense rhymes.

we make our kids do a poetry unit, they have 10 weeks to study different types of poetry and write their own. they have to have 40 poems and rough drafts in a portfolio at the end of the term.

since i personally work with the special ed kids, they only have to have 20 poems, but it feels like 100. it's almost impossible to explain rhyming to certain IQ levels, much less sonnet format.

jilly

CatBoy AKA Charles said...

Jilly, do you know the poem about Augustus? It is the subject of my blog today.

http://dextershaven.blogspot.com/2007/08/childhood-favorite.html

***LadyMtnMedic*** said...

I thought the hamburger was creative and cute. YOU got to have a fancy typerwriter AND colored markers TOO? Wow you were stylin!

PS: I stole your Visitors Map and put one up like it on my blog. Thanks Res!

CatBoy AKA Charles said...

She stole the map from me, you're welcome.

Jenny Robin said...

The typewriter was one that my mother used in college. Both my sisters and I were allowed to use it for school papers and such.

Later in my 8th grade year my dad hooked me up with a computer and a daisy wheel printer. More on that later.

CatBoy AKA Charles said...

I just noticed (I have read your poetry not all at once, but gradually, so I can better appreciate it) that you used the word catsup. I wonder if ketchup versus catsup is regional. Or if the word catsup originated from a specific brand that wanted to set itself apart.

I do know the origin of the word ketchup is Chinese and it was originally made with mushrooms. (I didn't make that up- I don't think so, anyway.)

CatBoy AKA Charles said...

PS. If we'd been in school together, you would have hated me since I would have had no clue what you were talking about. Thankfully, I now have the intellect of an 8th-grader and understand some of it.

Martha said...

I'm just tagging you and making you it. HA!

*runs away, back to Throwing Spoons*

atlantisfannew1 said...

Hello everyone,

Being fan of Joe Mallozzi, a forum is now devoted to him.

I'm French and not being very good in the language of Shakespeare, I wondered whether some among you will wish to be moderating if people speaking English were registered on the forum which wants to be opened with everyone.

http://joemallozzi.xooit.com/index.php

Thanks. =)