It sounds like a joke: "What's worse than prison? A poetry class." But for 25 teens, the sentence for trashing a former Robert Frost home was a mini-course with a Middlebury scholar of the New England icon.
David Galef is a professor of English and administrator of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Mississippi. His latest books are the novel How to Cope with Suburban Stress and the co-edited fiction anthology 20 over 40.