Adjusted Curriculum, 15 February 2018

Adjusted Curriculum, 15 February 2018

by Tim Singleton

Math Class: today we learn to count… bodies.

In Physics, we’ll discuss if heated metal sings
as it tears through air, or is the first sound it makes
that scream into flesh, the blood sizzle?

The skeleton in the back of Biology
is mute with horror:

…what those with meat on their bones do.

The Guidance Office wants the smoke to clear
before you start on college applications.

In Home Economics, we’ll find the best way
to get the stain of a friend’s laughter
out of the air.

All that is left to do in Gym
is pick up and re-rack the balls,
maybe close a few lockers,
swab the floor.

The ink of History is blood;
the next chapter of the textbook
is always empty, waiting to be written.
Everyone have a pen?

In Art class, be quick when you draw from memory,
get the idea on paper before the person you knew
fades away, disappears.

How many eulogies must we turn in
to receive full credit for this English assignment?


“Adjusted Curriculum” was published in the Summer 2018 issue of Dragonfly, the annual arts magazine produced by Hopeworks  of Howard County, Maryland.

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Poem: When Corn is the Landscape

When Corn is the Landscape

By Tim Singleton

Summer and the highway windows are filled with faces
Looking out on fields and fields of corn halfway to harvest.
There’s promise in the sun and a green energy speeding
Through the landscape’s furrows. This row might go feeding
Cattle, that row ground to masa. Farther afield the hue
Of cornbread starting so shape in the kernels. Others
Are already whispering of how they will pop and dance
In a pan on a Saturday afternoon, and get served with salt,
With butter as gold as the sun under which they now grow.
Some will fall away to feed mice or a midnight raccoon.
For now, one car stops to take pictures of farmland
That reminds the driver of a far away home, and the meals
Of childhood and family around a feast of corn.


Written on the spot at the request for a love poem to “corn” for the What Improv Group?!?! “Valentine Affair” show intermission project.

“When Corn is the Landscape” was published by Howard Community College’s annual literary and arts magazine, The Muse, in the spring of 2018.

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September — Linda Pastan

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Presenting Marie Howe

Slow down a little this week and bring yourself and those you love out to see Marie Howe at the Blackbird Poetry Festival this Thursday at 7:30 for the Nightbird Reading. A treat not to miss.

Hurry and get your tickets already.


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On My Mind: Anne Sexton at Home

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On My Mind: Bill Viola

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On My Mind: Speak My Language

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