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Jehanne Dubrow: “Discussing Miłosz”

This month we’re featuring Maryland’s Jehanne Dubrow, whose poem “Discussing Milosz,” appears in the Fall-Winter 2008-09 v3.n2 issue of Poetry Northwest, the sixth issue in the new series. “I have tried teaching Czeław Miłosz’s ‘Encounter’ several times,” says Dubrow, “but never with much luck. ‘Encounter’ is a small poem that travels great distances. Too often, I’ve ended up explaining Miłosz’s use of narrative, when I would have preferred that my students make their own discoveries about the text. Our favorite poems can be the hardest to teach; it’s painful to watch as students manhandle delicate lines, overlooking the most important words.