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This month’s featured poet is: Graham Ducker

A graduate of Laurentian University with an honours degree in Geography, Mr. Ducker spent many years of teaching as a Principal and Primary Specialist in various Ontario schools. The most enjoyable times were the fifteen years as Kindergarten teacher at the Morson Public School near Lake of the Woods. Now retired, he has completed a book of memoirs entitled Don't Wake The Teacher documenting these special years of this unique school, published and released early October 2004.

His latest book "Don't Wake the Teacher",
is entertaining, humorous, with a 'feel-good' sensitivity through a succession of flash-backs, biographical sketches and photos.

"Don't Wake The Teacher" based on the author's experience of a unique school that will appeal to educators who will appreciate the special moments and techniques used. The general population will enjoy the many anecdotes and short stories interspersed among the descriptions.

Avid interests are writing short stories and poems, several have been published in the Oshawa/Durham Life magazine. Two of his Haiku poems, "September 11" and "Anguish", concerning the event of September 11th, 2001 have been published in a compiliation book "A Time of Trial - Beyone the Terror of 9/11" by Hidden Book Press. Mr. Ducker also has three published educational articles:
    1.) Dissertation Regarding Early Entry Into Kindergarten
    2.) The Non-Competitive Festival vs The Competitive Festival
    3.) Increased Emotional Disturbance In the Primary Grades.
He is a member of The Film, Arts, Media, Entertainment of Durham Region; The Writers' Circle of Durham Region; the Durham Folklore Society; The Canadian Federation Of Poets; and the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance and the Canadian Authors Association. Refering to himself as 'The Pragmatic Poet' , he has established a website with some of his poems and short stories.

When not writing some of his other interests include canoeing, camping, composing music, amateur prospecting and background acting. Mr. Ducker resides in Oshawa with his wife, Stella; and his pride and joy is his grandson, Robert.

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