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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (August 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615153070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615153070
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,940,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sage Cohen is the author of The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less & Create Success; Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World. Her insights about the writing life are featured in multiple issues of Writer's Market and Poet's Market. Her poetry, essays and articles appear in dozens of magazines, journals and anthologies. Sage holds a BA in comparative literature from Brown University and an MA in creative writing from New York University. A frequent speaker, reader and lecturer, she teaches a range of online, interactive classes--from poetry to productivity to writing for businesses--through www.pathofpossibility.com. Sage lives in Portland, Oregon with a muse menagerie of one dog, three cats and a precocious four-year-old."

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A truly touching book which evokes laughter and tears from the same poem.
W. Kane
This is a book to read once, twice, many times, as there are nuances that you miss on the first pass.
Carol A. Stephen
You'll nod in agreement, laugh at the humor and feel inspired after reading just one poem.
H. Strang

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Sorensen on October 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this book in one sitting, something I've never done with a poetry title. Cohen doesn't mince words - rather, she is one of those rare lyricists who makes every line count. I often paused mid-poem, amazed with a particular line or stanza, like this one from "Pretty Lady Can I Get a Smile?":

I'd like to change the way
you think about marriage.

Your geography is impressive.
Do you know where your heart is?

The emotional range from poem to poem is one of the strongest features of the book, showing a deep maturity of directness and empathy. The book is also broken up into sections according to where the author has lived at various stages of her life, something I really appreciated. I was slightly confused during some of the poems, but that's just this particular reader and something that didn't happen very often. It also means that one can get different things from a Cohen poem each time it's read, the mark of a strong author. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By solosapiens on September 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Sage is both a gifted poet and a sharp observer. The imagery in her poems can be subtle, dazzling, or prismatic, but I found nearly all of these pieces evocative and illuminating (and I love the book's cover!). She notices and embraces the tiny things, and she isn't fluffy or silly; rather she is alternately dark and light. I like that the poems are short and pithy, that she is not impressed by her own voice, and that she is unafraid to expose herself. I bought a copy of the book for my mother, which says a lot about my opinion.

Sage is also VERY good with poem titles!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Joyce Bryant on June 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
As I read through Like the Heart, the World, I was intrigued by the uniqueness and depth of Cohen's words. She has created surprising word combinations such as "the metal taste of alone" that made me stop and contemplate their meanings. I love that her poems are like a maze of language; fresh and thought-provoking. The book is separated into three sections according to places that Cohen has lived and reflects her experiences in those cities. Through these sections, she intertwines the sensory world around us with the deep emotions that we feel inside. As the sections progress we see Cohen open up, giving us more of her, allowing us a bigger glimpse into the depths of her mind. Her poetry becomes more relaxed and longer signifying her growth as she moves through the different phases of her life. In the end, we see that she is comfortable where she is now, that she can sit within the pain, loss, and triumph of life and convey it all to us magnificently.
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By Carol A. Stephen on April 22, 2009
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Sage Cohen's poetry is accessible to everyone, with a wonderful turn of phrase that is often unexpected. I found myself wishing some of the phrases were mine! I love poetry that turns off at an angle and takes you down a different path than the one you started on. Sage Cohen's poetry does that for you and to you. This is a book to read once, twice, many times, as there are nuances that you miss on the first pass.
I would buy this book as a gift for a friend. It will have permanent shelf space in my poetry collection.
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By W. Kane on September 7, 2008
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"Like the Heart, the World" by Sage Cohen is a wonderful collection of experiences in poetic form. A truly touching book which evokes laughter and tears from the same poem. Sage has an exceptional way of expressing herself that will leave you wanting more and turning pages to fulfill yourself. I have bought this book as a gift for others who seek inspiration and can appreciate the art of good poetry. A must have !!
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