If you can't it's because we have put a cap on learning poetry in the class room. There are so many good poets and writers out there now and kids aren't hearing what they have to say. They aren't hearing the problems that they are going through.
To me poetry is like riding a bike, at some point in life everyone writes a poem. So when it is good to learn about the old school poets and even newer age poets. The fact is their are still poets in your community that when it comes time to learn about poems and poets, they would be good to come in and talk to the class about writing.
I thought of this from a line in a poem written by GODCHILD THE-OMEN. The line reads:
"She said I don't want no broke nigga!
I said I don't want to broke chick...
not broke like she ain't rich
but broke like, she can't be fixed!"
For anyone in a relationship that line makes perfect sense! So my question is. Do you think class rooms should start asking local poets to come in and speak to their students when they are going over the poetry portion of their curriculum?