Your Nose is Like a Banana Except it Isn’t Yellow

That was it. That was the line that sent 32 second graders into a fit of laughter—and changed a college professor’s life trajectory.

“Children’s poems take my breath away. Give me goosebumps. To be with children writing poetry is the most magical thing I know,” writes Perie Longo, PhD, LMFT, a founding faculty member of our Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts. Read her article, The Magic of Metaphor: Children Writing Poetry, originally published by Rattle Poetry Magazine, on her experience teaching poetry to children, her first-hand account of the freedom that comes from writing, and how the nurturing of this creative art form at a young age can have a lasting impression.

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