The Poet's Corpus in Love: Passionate Pedagogy


  • Pauline Sameshima
  • Carl Leggo


This article explores the significance of and relationship among eros, love, self, and other, in educational settings and learning relationships through a series of letters between the two authors. The epistolary format is intended to demonstrate the simplicity of learning in open relationships as well as the complicated nature of the topic. The authors suggest that when the inloveness of educational eros is acknowledged in the dialogic space between teacher and learner, transformational knowing possibilities are greatly enhanced. The authors discuss learning as relatedness, learning as eros, and learning as love. They suggest that the complexity of love needs to be acknowledged and narrated with a creative and pedagogical commitment in learning spaces.

Author Biographies

Pauline Sameshima

Pauline Sameshima is interested in curriculum, learning system design, technology integration, creative scholarship, and eco-responsive pedagogies. Her books include: Seeing Red, Climbing the Ladder with Gabriel (with Roxanne Vandermause and Stephen Chalmers) and Poetic Inquiry: Vibrant Voices in the Social Sciences (with co-editors, Monica Prendergast and Carl Leggo).

Carl Leggo

Carl Leggo is a poet and professor at the University of British Columbia. His books include: View from My Mother’s House, Come-By-Chance, Teaching to Wonder: Responding to Poetry in the Secondary Classroom, and Lifewriting as Literary Metissage and an Ethos for Our Times (with Erika Hasebe-Ludt and Cynthia Chambers).