THE CHEAT SHEET
Ten Day Countdown, 8 Days Remaining
“I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” and “Las Canciones de la Sirena/Siren Song”
Paypal Link*: https://bit.ly/3jUfcOY
(10 or more dollars)
Cheat. Sheet. As an educator, I strongly believe in cheat sheets, but it’s worth explaining what I mean. For one, the word “cheat” is almost as common as apple or door. Yes, romantically, many know what that means, and it certainly is an important thing to avoid in athletics. But in school settings EVERYONE knows that cheating and plagiarizing are among the two practices loudly banned in educational spaces. However, remembering child development research and norms that remind us that rebellion and exploration are part of youth maturation, the articles and personal anecdotes describing the desperation borne from being an exhausted and/or historically under-served student, and the confusion that comes with truly understanding, applying, and navigating the nuances of these cardinal offenses in academia, it should be of no surprise that students often know, both, not to cheat AND HOW TO CHEAT.
But anyone who has been following my writing work and public profile, short or long term, knows that I love language, and I love spinning, remixing, and (re)appropriating words, linguistics, and dialects. What do students hear when the word cheat or no cheating is presented? Oftentimes, their minds immediately understand and communicate the word and concept of cheating to mean one or more or the following messages: 1) cheating means “access to success” or the possibility of proximity to someone successful; 2) cheating means a “streamlined journey to acquiring and showing knowledge”; and/or 3) cheating means “I can do this faster or easier with this evidence-based tool – or on my own already, so I’ll use this resource to get to my endpoint quicker.”
Let me be clear: I don’t want my students to cheat. HOWEVER, I want anyone I’m teaching or mentoring to approach all of their education feeling like they can learn and be successful – and already have that track record – and I want them to feel like they can become the type of experts who, with practice, become those who produce and deliver content and product not just faster, but with more ease.
That is a little how I feel this morning, day 8 of the final ten days to acquire your e-copies of the #3amblackpoetry collections, “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” and “Las Canciones de la Sirena/Siren Song.” Your purchase/donation of ten dollars or more will be thanked with the “Lovely” collection, and donors/supporters who give fifty or more dollars will be rewarded with both e-collections and additional gifts and prizes. In fact, ANY purchases/donations made during these final 10 (well 8, today) days will receive special prizes. The Paypal link to give is below, but I also wanted to let you know that there is a cheat sheet version of the two collections, for anyone who wants an “easier” time making their decision, and/or a more “streamlined journey” to that final decision that includes previewing some of the poems beforehand. To that end, I want to direct you to a video produced by Mixed Magic Theatre, which premiered in March 2021: “Rise to Black: This Woman’s Work” (also featured above).
Among the featured performers in the This Woman’s Work online concert was Reza Rites, and at minute/seconds 46:25, you can catch Reza performing “The Woman is Blue” and “I’m Yellow” – featured in “Lovely” – and, at hour/minute/seconds 1:02:28, “I Am Salt Water” – featured in “Siren Song.” The variety, videography, and spirit of the production are meant to be enjoyed in full, but consider this your cheat sheet – for finding and previewing my two #3amblackpoetry collections. Thanks for your support, shares, and purchases. – Reza Rites, Publisher/Editor, 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK
“Rise to Black: This Woman’s Work” on Youtube:
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