The Everything and the Nothing of Educational Experience: The Poetic Vicissitudes of Tom Wayman’s Did I Miss Anything?

  • David Lewkowich McGill University

Abstract

In Tom Wayman’s poem Did I Miss Anything?, the poet-teacher offers a series of responses to the above question, posed by a student unaware of the always contextual nature of learning. The poet replies:"Nothing" and "Everything." In the course of this paper, I use this poem as a prompt, approaching the tensions held in these words not as a chuckle at the student’s expense, but instead, as a humorous challenge that revisions the question of what is at stake in the educational act, and as an absurd gesturing into the boundaries of what the possibilities of teaching might be.

Published
2010-04-01
How to Cite
LEWKOWICH, David. The Everything and the Nothing of Educational Experience: The Poetic Vicissitudes of Tom Wayman’s Did I Miss Anything?. LEARNing Landscapes, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 305-317, apr. 2010. ISSN 1913-5688. Available at: <http://www.learninglandscapes.ca/index.php/learnland/article/view/The-Everything-and-the-Nothing-of-Educational-Experience%3A-The-Poetic-Vicissitudes-of-Tom-Wayman-s-Did-I-Miss-Anything>. Date accessed: 21 jan. 2018.