What makes a more appropriate metaphor for the poet: a guidance counselor or a teacher?
Mel Glenn’s poetry raises problems of adolescence without offering solutions. In what ways does this strategy impact the reading experience?
How do Glenn’s character-voices avoid becoming stereotypes?
What is the role of the poet, and the poet’s own experiences and feelings, in poetry that depends on created voices?
How does the technique of free verse affect the reading experience? Do the poems have the feel of traditional poetry? Would more traditional poetic forms work with Glenn’s characters?
Glenn’s poetry represents a distinctly urban world. Would this type of poetry succeed in a rural setting?
Glenn has often spoken of how his poems speak to the “kid” inside everybody. Define that inner child.
What does Glenn’s technique of cooperative monologues reveal about the nature of truth and the reliability of appearances?