Poetry in the Academy: A Language of Possibility


  • Carl Leggo Faculty of Education University of BC


As a poet, researcher, and teacher in the academy, I have pursued my vocation with an abiding commitment to both creative and critical discourse. I inquire into my autobiographical experiences as a poet, researcher, and teacher in the institutional contexts of a Faculty of Education by creating a performance of poetry that seeks to honour imagination, heart, and intellect. My goal is to offer a hopeful testimony to the value of giving curricular and pedagogical attention to the significance of critical creativity in education. In the performance I weave poetry, personal recollections, reflections, and quotations from writers who have inspired me. In this article, I present a performative text that is both poetic and full of poetry. I invite readers to receive this article like a long poem, full of resonances and gaps, fragments and sparks. I engage in testimony, in witness, in presenting prose and poetry that are enthused with an educator’s delight in the creative playfulness of words.




How to Cite

Leggo, C. (2018). Poetry in the Academy: A Language of Possibility. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 41(1), 69–97. Retrieved from https://journals.sfu.ca/cje/index.php/cje-rce/article/view/2453



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