Academic journal article English Journal

Too Cool for School

Academic journal article English Journal

Too Cool for School

Article excerpt

To hear him talk you'd think that

at fourteen he knows everything

you could ever teach him.

If not for one catch

you'd write him off as a type,

like the immature kid

or the hyperactive kid,

but the catch is that

you know another guy, about seventy,

who also has an answer for everything

and also delivers his opinions as facts.

Listening to the old guy,

you can't help but think

how much of what's

fresh and unpredictable about life

he has missed,

and how one thing

you could tell the kid

that he couldn't claim to know already

is what a sabotage of experience

his seen-it-all pose will prove to be,

and how ignorant,

which is of course the one thing

he's desperate to think

and to have everyone say

he's not. …

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