Earl Carlton Huband
2018 Poetry Chapbook Contest Winner
The Innocence of Education
Earl Carlton Huband
2018 Contest Winner

A native of Wilmington, NC, Earl Carlton Huband is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A., M.A.T.) and a resident of Durham. His poems have appeared in journals such as America, The Lyric, The Main Street Rag, The Road Not Taken, and Visions International; in anthologies such as Earth and Soul, Heron Clan, Kakalak, and Pinesong; and in the textbook Unlocking the Poem. His chapbook The Innocence of Education is based on his experiences many years ago as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Sultanate of Oman, where he taught English in a remote fishing village located in a then-restricted military zone near the mouth of the Persian Gulf.


Standing at the front, I’m conducting
the fourth grade, the first year of English.
Twenty Arab boys, eager to learn.

I teach Old MacDonald Had A Farm:
“E – I – E – I – O” we sing and sing
as we make all the animal sounds,
a cluck-cluck here and a cluck-cluck there..

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© 2018 Earl Carlton Huband

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