In honor of National Poetry Month my niece chose me as the poet whose work she would be explicating. I was in New York at the time Adam proposed the idea of an ivideo interview with Amy's class. I must say it was pretty boss sitting up on the 23rd floor of the "W" overlooking Times Square and being interviewed about my work. Amy and I had had a phone call the night before and chosen two 'kid friendly' poems from "Seeking Center:" "Soccer Mom," and "The Finish Line." At the end of our discussion on rhyme schemes, enjambment, metaphor and alliteration, Amy's teacher asked if I had any last comments. "While I think explication is fine, what I'm not hearing is questioning how the poems made the students feel. Since the first job of a poem is to move you, even to change you, I'd suggest surveying the class for their emotional reaction." It was a great opportunity and lots of fun. Thanks, Amy!