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Red Tuque Books Inc.  9780981049977
Title: Lessons In Falling
Author: T. B. Perry
ISBN: 9780981049977
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher: BHouse Publications
Pages:84
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Price: 19.99

Description:
Teachers are the only people willing to stay in school indefinitely. Tyler Perry in these unflinching poems presents a no-holds-barred glimpse at the working life of a contemporary teacher, based on his experiences as an instructor at a Calgary junior high school. His poems transmit a visceral reaction to the teaching world we share the anguish, guilt and small pleasures of teachers and students as, in the pressure cooker of the mandatory curriculum, each lashes out at the other, and each displays surprising tenderness and appreciation.

Review - Lessons in Falling consists of brilliant, dark poems that speak of the many ways both teachers and students fail, and are failed by the education system and by society. The boredom, the despair, the isolation, the frustration, the bullying, the knives, the self-destruction sometimes in the barely-relieved horrors of these poems it is hard to know whether it is the teacher or the student that is being spoken of and which of the two is suffering more. The odd poem addressing the photocopying machine is hardly light relief. Yes, these things need saying, and they are passionately said here, but surely a few tender moments, a few A+s, a few students lingering after school with interest and questions would change the readers' nods of despairing recognition of the failings of the classroom into feelings of renewal and that, perhaps, a teacher's life is all worthwhile. - Naomi Wakan, Canadian Teacher Magazine

Review #2 - T. B. Perry's poems transmit a visceral reaction to the teaching world--we share the anguish, guilt and small pleasures of teachers and students as, in the pressure cooker of the mandatory curriculum, each lashes out at the other, and each displays surprising tenderness and appreciation. Searing portraits of kids in trouble, and teachers making hurtful errors as they practice their profession are here, as well as convincing glimpses of the rewards available to everyone involved when, for a moment, a classroom becomes a true place of learning. Above all, Perry's deft command of metaphor freshens our vision of a world many of us would never want to revisit: here is the teacher as fast-food cook, photocopier as temperamental bully, school gossip as indelible stain, routine as a flood that can drown the school outcast. - Tom Wayman, author of Did I Miss Anything and Woodstock Rising