Al Filreis

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On Naomi Replansky’s last poem ever

Today we are adding new materials to ModPo—on Naomi Replansky’s “On Not Writing.” This, according to Replansky herself (who is 99 years old as of this posting), is the last poem she will ever write, and, as the title suggests, is about that very cessation. The links below will work...

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Philly’s youth poet laureate

Otter Jung-Allen, Philadelphia’s Youth Poet Laureate, performs a poem called “Praise,” about their father. Otter Jung-Allen is a seventeen-year-old genderqueer poet and performer from West Philly. They are the coach of Science Leadership Academy’s Slam League team, a 2015 Brave New Voices International Champion, the 2015 Liberty Unplugged Champion, and the...

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#floridaliving

While in southern Florida the past few days I’ve been running early mornings and couldn’t resist a few shots that I posted to Instagram (@afilreis). I found people using the hashtag #floridaliving so I added the scenes I reckoned that that gathering.

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birthday on the beach

61. Today. Best plan: bring the whole family to southern Florida to be with mom, soak in the sun, feel sand between the toes. Here are some photos — click on any photo for a larger view.

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Toward a diversity of #MOOCs

Every once in a while I get the urge to resist some of the many vast generalizations about what “massive open online courses” (MOOCs) are and can be. Twitter is a place for this counterarguing. Search by #MOOCs and find a combination of profit-minded hucksterism, single-minded higher-ed utopianism, and critics...