- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Wind Publications; 1st edition (August 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193613862X
- ISBN-13: 978-1936138623
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop Paperback – August 1, 2013
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The Crafty Poet places all of these tips and articles in one well-organized place. I have read it through several times, and have returned to specific prompts to stimulate my own writing.
There are sample poems that follow the original prompt, interviews with poets about their poem, and good information on specific aspects of craft. This is not a book for beginning poets, but rather an advanced portable workshop. I see this book as filling a rather large gap in poetry writing books-the poet who is actively writing and publishing-with invaluable exercises and articles. In her intro, Lockward states that this book "assumes a fairly knowledgeable reader."
The book is divided into 10 topical sections, such as Sound, Voice, Syntax, Revision. It would make an excellent gift for a poetry writer, and would be extremely useful in a poetry writing group. My critique group holds a writing retreat once or twice a year, and I've already flagged several prompts I want to suggest.
This book is one of three purchased on behalf of Carteret Writers for a donation to our tri-county library. I'm not a poet, but I read portions of this book before taking it to the library. The pointers it gives on finding subjects for your own writing, such as taking just one tiny piece and expanding on it, are useful for all writers, not only poets. Fiction and nonfiction writers like me can also benefit from including the word music of poets in our own writing. Even though it is now in my library, I may buy my own copy.