In My Own Voice
Sunburst Communications has come out with a series of Teaching Tools designed, primarily, as a resource for high school teachers eager to use a new medium to enliven traditional material. In My Own Voice: Multicultual Poets On Identityintroduces students to the lives and poetry of nine contemporary American poets: Naomi Shihab Nye, Linda Pastan, Li-Young Lee, Joy Harjo, Lucille Clifton, Stanley Kunitz, Pat Mora, Quincy Troupe, and Miguel Algarin. The main menu, a clickable street in Greenwich Village, allows you to enter the Sun Gallery where you can view art while listening to poetry. Or you can visit East Side Books, a small bookstore from the time before Barnes and Noble ruled the earth. Here you can access the works of any of the poets. Clicking on an icon will bring up a photo, bibliographical information, and the poet’s major works. You have the option of reading the text or of listening to the poet recite it. And, just in case the muse is singing in you, you can enter your very own Writer Space, a one room studio where you can compose your poetry. Teachers looking for a way to make modern poetry accessible to their students will find this program helpful.
– September 1996