Ordering the Storm
empowers readers to see the poetry collection as an artistic medium in itself, and offers diverse perspectives on the subject. Experienced writers and beginners alike will find inspiration and encouragement in the words of exceptional poets such as Maggie Anderson, Wanda Coleman, and Beckian Fritz Goldberg. This book should be required reading for all graduate student poets, even those who are still in the process of writing their first collection, because it includes essential information on poetic sequencing and useful strategies for examining a manuscript's possibilities. One of the most exciting aspects of the book is the sense of community that readers feel upon exploring each essay. Ordering the Storm
transforms the task of arranging poems from a solitary undertaking to a collaborative adventure. --Mary Biddinger, Associate Editor of RHINO
From the Publisher
When we have a problem, we look for advice -- what do others do? Not so we can replicate their strategies, but so we can listen, consider, begin to make wordless decisions deep in the cerebral mass, It is the conversation that is useful, rather than the single instruction. This quality of conversation, the many voices, is the most valuable thing about this book. . . .
In [these] essays . . . the reader learns not only how a poet thinks when putting together a collection but also what happens when being a poet intersects with time and livelihood -- the poet as teacher, the poet as editor, the poet in change.
-- from the Introduction, by Susan Grimm, editor