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Teaching Metaphors

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Teaching Metaphors, Nathan Graziano s sixth collection of poetry, goes beyond the lesson plans and standardized tests to probe the humanity of the modern high school. An English teacher for the past decade, Graziano uses experience and wry wit to draw composites of faculty and students as both metaphor and microcosm. From a homecoming princess sacrificed on the stake of po ...more
Paperback, 76 pages
Published June 7th 2007 by sunnyoutside
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Leah Angstman
Nov 06, 2008 Leah Angstman rated it really liked it
Mr. Graziano is the teacher you want teaching your kids. He's smart, witty, and aware of what's going on in the public school system today. What he's not is a

[...] glorified babysitter, zookeeper, or sick sexual predator [...]" (from the introduction),


and these pages exist to debunk the myth that public-school teachers aren't interesting, professional, hard-working, intelligent, important, or necessary individuals.

As the daughter of several generations of public-school teachers, I can tell you
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Bryce Ian
Mar 22, 2016 Bryce Ian rated it really liked it
This collection of poems transcends poetry, in my opinion. It paints a picture of the crevices we might remember but forget to acknowledge in our everyday high school lives, student or faculty. It pretty much covers every dark corner. It tells a full story by illustrating the high school microcosm.
Craig
Mar 11, 2008 Craig rated it really liked it
I thought the book was excellent, though I am -admittedly - a fan of Graziano.

I think he did an excellent job of creating parallels between the student body poems and the faculty section. Overall, I felt that the poems on the students were more powerfully written, but the humor was definitely appreciated throughout the faculty section.
Rebecca
May 30, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I am probably bias, but Nate's one of my favorite poets! Teaching Metaphors is a must read--he captures the high school experience from an honest and witty perspective. As a high school teacher myself, I can not tell you how accurate the character portraits are.
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Nov 17, 2010 Jimmy rated it really liked it
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I can't help but wonder how some of the subjects felt about being included in this book. Some of the poems are right on the money about teaching.
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Nathan Graziano lives in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife and children.
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