English Teaching: Practice and Critique

End of the line: A poet’s postmodern musings on writing

Volume 5 Number 2 September 2006

Carl Leggo (Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia)

I invite and encourage students to take risks in their writing, to engage innovatively with a wide range of genre, to push limits in order to explore creatively how language and discourse are never ossified, but always organic, how language use is integrally and inextricably connected to identity, knowledge, subjectivity, and living. Informed by postmodernism, I present eleven perspectives on language and writing and eleven poems that represent and perform a creative and diverse engagement with those perspectives. My goal is to experiment with writing in order to engage in an expansive dialogue about writing, especially the conventions of teaching and promoting writing in classrooms.