AP AGENDA 11/29: Woodchucks

  • Read & Discuss:


    Maxine Kumin1925 – 2014

    Gassing the woodchucks didn’t turn out right.
    The knockout bomb from the Feed and Grain Exchange
    was featured as merciful, quick at the bone
    and the case we had against them was airtight,
    both exits shoehorned shut with puddingstone,
    but they had a sub-sub-basement out of range.
    Next morning they turned up again, no worse
    for the cyanide than we for our cigarettes
    and state-store Scotch, all of us up to scratch.
    They brought down the marigolds as a matter of course
    and then took over the vegetable patch
    nipping the broccoli shoots, beheading the carrots.
    The food from our mouths, I said, righteously thrilling
    to the feel of the .22, the bullets’ neat noses.
    I, a lapsed pacifist fallen from grace
    puffed with Darwinian pieties for killing,
    now drew a bead on the little woodchuck’s face.
    He died down in the everbearing roses.
    Ten minutes later I dropped the mother.  She
    flipflopped in the air and fell, her needle teeth
    still hooked in a leaf of early Swiss chard.
    Another baby next.  O one-two-three
    the murderer inside me rose up hard,
    the hawkeye killer came on stage forthwith.
    There’s one chuck left. Old wily fellow, he keeps
    me cocked and ready day after day after day.
    All night I hunt his humped-up form.  I dream
    I sight along the barrel in my sleep.
    If only they’d all consented to die unseen
    gassed underground the quiet Nazi way.
  • READ & NOTES: Pages 126-137
  • WRITING: Exercises on page 138
  • independent reading assignment 2 due Monday, December 3rd
  • Assignment: Write a Sonnet due Friday, November 30
  • Use the following resources to help you write your sonnet:
    • Rhyme zone – End Rhyme
    • Write Express – Includes different types of rhyme
    • Dillfrog– A rhyming dictionary with lots of choices
    • Rhymer – Another rhyming dictionary that includes examples and definitions for each kind of rhyme


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