4th Grade Logic featured as PBS NewsHour Weekly Poem

I wrote this piece several years ago when I tutored with America Reads in an elementary school. One day a student I was working with proclaimed something about dogs and bones and dinosaurs, which got me buzzing about my recent trip to the Natural History Museum at the University of Michigan. When I visited the museum, a ‘birds of prey’ exhibit was flying.  Although awed by the snowy white owl, I couldn’t quite work it into the piece.

4th Grade Logic

The Attention Lesson

4th Grade Logic from The Attention Lesson

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About pfpotvin

PF Potvin is a Michigan-born writer, teacher, and ultramarathon runner whose writing has appeared in Boston Review, Slope, Born Magazine, MiPOesias, Sentence, Sleepingfish, An Introduction to the Prose Poem, and elsewhere. Potvin is the author of The Attention Lesson (No Tell Books). He has served on the review staff of the literary journal Drunken Boat and currently reviews for ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment). He has been a visiting writer at Emory University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He holds an MFA from Bennington College, where he received the Jane Kenyon Poetry Scholarship. He has since taught in Chile and the USA and has received residency scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and Casa Libre in la Solana. He currently chairs the Writing Awards, serves as the Writing Program faculty discipline representative, and teaches writing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Potvin's running highlights include first place finishes in the Silverlake 50 km, Elkhorn 50 mile, Croom Trail 50 km, Croom Trail 50 mile, John Holmes 50 km, McNaughton Park 50 mile, Superior Trail 50 km, Dances with Dirt 50 km, Jay Peak Marathon, Michigan Trail Marathon, and the X-Country Marathon.

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