A FORMATIVE EXPERIENCE

"That was Robert Smith at Quinnell Elementary reading to us in grades 5, 6 and 7. He read to us from Edgar Allen Poe so while they aren't poems, we learned everything we needed about rhythm and suspense and the delight of language, that words were something that you could taste in your mouth and that you could feel, and you could feel the pressure of the pit slowly coming down and you could hear the pendulum and feels its swings so that would certainly be a formative memory."