Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Keith Leonard
| poetry


Only certain things seem to stick.
Gum beneath desks. Bird shit on windows.
In a Princeton study, even physics slid away.
The students were given the same test
two months later, then six months later,
then years and years, until the physics
became a small laughter in the auditorium.
Some of the test subjects must have had
their own children by then. Without repetition,
the study says, nothing sticks. Three times a year
the state mandates we simulate an active shooter.
It’s not listed on the calendar, which allows
for authenticity. Overhead, the intercom announces
the event. The kids move quietly as gymnasts
as they pile the desks against the door.

Keith Leonard is the author of the poetry collection Ramshackle Ode (Mainer/Ecco, 2016). His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in The Believer, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Keith has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council.

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Statement of Teaching Philosophy