High School Teacher Reads Allen Ginsberg ‘Poem’ Graphically Describing Sex Acts To Class
Daily Beast defends the teacher:
It was the kind of moment teachers covet. An Advanced Placement English class focusing on poetry, and a student brings in a poem that caught his eye, hoping to discuss in the waning moments of the period how the poet uses language in his work.
The teacher, David Olio, a 19-year veteran of the South Windsor School District and winner of Connecticut’s highest award for teaching excellence, didn’t know the poem in question, but he took a look and walked the students through it in the remaining time.
The poem the student discovered and brought in was “Please Master,” an extremely graphic account of a homosexual encounter published by Allen Ginsberg in 1968 that begins: “Please master can I touch your cheek / please master can I kneel at your feet / please master can I loosen your blue pants.”
Clearly, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” this wasn’t. But the students were 17- and 18-year-olds, some of whom were taking the AP course in conjunction with the University of Connecticut and receiving college credit.
Daily Beast quotes virtually the only quotable part of the ‘poem’, which is basically porn. If you care to look it up, it’s called ‘Please Master’ by Allen Ginsberg.
The teacher claimed he read it without a second thought. That actually gives me more pause than the reading of the poem itself. If he didn’t have any concern about reading that, what has he already done or taught in that class?