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All student poems

The School

Xavier High School is located in Albury, NSW, and committed to continuing and respecting the values of Catholic education. They commit themselves to the preparation of their young students as life-long learners, able to adapt and adjust to the many changes they will face in their future.

The Project

Students of Xavier High School worked through exercises and activities from The Disappearing learning resource with poet Rachael Briggs. Students composed and performed their work after various pre-writing exercises that identified sensory imagery, rhyming techniques and various poetic devices.

Rachael composed two poems for the school, titled ‘Don't Worry Be Happy’ and 'Magie Song', available on the app and the Red Room website (or view above in playlist).

The Poet

R.A. Briggs

R.A. Briggs was born in Syracuse, NY, and spent 10 years in Australia (split between Brisbane, Sydney, and Canberra).  They moved back to the US in 2015 to teach philosophy at Stanford University.  They have published two books of poetry: Free Logic (University of Queensland Press) and Common Sexual Fantasies, Ruined (Cordite Press), as well as an illustrated zine Modern American Gods (in collaboration with Anna Zusman). Their performances have been featured at a wide variety of venues in Brisbane, including the Queensland Poetry Festival, and their poems have appeared in such venues as RattleArcCordite, and The Weekend Australian.  When not writing poetry, they are usually cuddling their dog Blossom.