"Perhaps the best book I have read portraying the joy and excitement young people experience when writing in a happy place where people care about their works...The ideas Koch uses are good. I've tried them with my writing classes, and they work."-- Herbert Kohl, "Saturday Review""I wish every grade school teacher would run out and read Kenneth Koch's "Wishes, Lies, and Dreams." If many of them took Koch's advice seriously we would have at the very least a poetry revolution, not to mention the possibility that a lot of kids would start having a good time in school." -- Allen Wiggins, "Cleveland Plain Dealer""There are enough ideas in the book, all laid out in good detail by Koch, and with great respect for his fellow artists, the students, to give other teachers a workable plan for teaching poetry...Koch has helped people discover joy in words, and that is what the love of poetry is all about." -- "Virginia Quarterly Review"
From the Back Cover
The classic, inspiring account of a poet's experience teaching schoolchildren to write poetry
When Kenneth Koch entered the Manhattan classrooms of P.S. 61, the children, excited by the opportunity to work with an instructor able to inspire their talent and energy, would clap and shout with pleasure. In this vivid account, Koch describes his inventive methods for teaching these children how to create poems and features numerous examples of their work. Now with a new foreword by Ron Padgett of the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Wishes, Lies, and Dreams is a valuable text for all those who care about unleashing the creative imagination and educating the young.