The Meatpacker’s Boy and These Poems Will Perish

The Meatpacker’s Boy

(or, ‘The Impudent Student ‘)

((June, 1957) (Ecole St. Louis, School, and Part Four: “The Winter School”))

His brain had refused to grapple with the theme of learning and desisted: he had covered his papers with little animals and like figures, names of certain people in the classroom, like Linda M., and Mike R. Now it appeared as if he would fail again-he told himself in confidence.

During the course of the school year, all the studies and elements which the nuns deemed common and significant for learning fell out of his head-one by one; and out of the overall purpose of school itself. Continue reading “The Meatpacker’s Boy and These Poems Will Perish”