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Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching

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"Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets is a delicious array of topics guaranteed to stimulate your muse whether you are an emerging or established professional. The contributing authors offer invaluable insight into the gamut of writing issues."
---Dr. Barbara Harbach, co-editor, Women in the Arts: Eccentric Essays in Music, Art, and Literature, (Columbia Scholars Press, 2010)

"Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets presents a cornucopia of advice and commentary on the poetic process for both the beginning and skilled poet. Melding creativity and practicality, the volume harmonizes the multiple voices of a broad spectrum of women poets. "
-- Dr. Robert P. Holley, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, contributor, Writing and Publishing: the Librarian's Handbook (ALA Editions), 2010),  author of over one hundred publications.
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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786463929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786463923
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Unlike the reclusive Emily Dickinson in her Amherst room, modern day poets have a need to reach out to teachers, a creative community of other poets, and to have our voices heard. Support for all aspects of a poet's life come in the form of 59 essays in Women on Poetry.

One of the essayists, Suzanna M. Henson, writes: "Poetry is a living, breathing presence in American life." Emily Dickinson is an example of a poet who translated life experiences into poetry. Her words, as well as those of William Carlos Williams, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Sylvia Plath are cited in "Tapping Inspiration: Using Life Experiences in Your Poetry", which appears in Part 1, "Our Writing Life--A Collective Voice." The section also includes practical and inspiring advice in "The Fine Art of Revision" by Judith Skillman, and "Mirrors and Muses: Poetry with Friends." In the latter essay, Kate Chadbourne, a singer, storyteller and poet in New England, encourages poets to meet with other poets, by sharing poems via email, getting together at a cafe to chat and write, or going to dinner and a poetry reading. She reminds us to support our friends by attending their readings and buying their books. Kristen Berkey-Abbott in "Poetry at the Swimming Pool and Other Unconventional Places" gives pointers on creating your own book tour."Women Writing for (a) Change: History, Philosophy, Programs" is a fascinating essay by Sarah W. Bartlett who is an owner of one of the affiliates of this empowering program in Vermont.

In Part II, "We Who Pass It on--Tips on Teaching," Ellen Bass offers her "Top 14 Teaching Tips." These are essential for those who plan to teach workshops in their community or at conferences and retreats.
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"Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets is a delicious array of topics guaranteed to stimulate your muse whether you are an emerging or established professional. The contributing authors offer invaluable insight into the gamut of writing issues. Congratulations to Carol Smallwood and Colleen S. Harris for gathering and editing this treasure book of wisdom."
---Dr. Barbara Harbach, co-editor, Women in the Arts: Eccentric Essays in Music, Art, and Literature, (Columbia Scholars Press, 2010) and Editor of WomenArts Quarterly Journal.
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This is a kaleidoscope of concise and beautifully written essays about writing and teaching poetry. Every page offers insights--from sources of inspiration, the art of revision and the constraints of meter and rhyme to practical advice on getting published, promoting your work and starting a blog. Poets and teachers will love it.
---Janet Husband, author of Sequels (American Library Association, 4th ed., 2009)
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"This collection of articles is a modern day literary 'tool belt' for women poets at all stages of their writing career. Whether you are just starting out, refining your craft, or trying to find balance in your creative life, this collection will become a roadmap to literary success!"
-Connie Post, Poet Laureate Emerita of Livermore, California (2005-2009); winner of the 2009 Caesura Poetry Award
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Women on Poetry fills a void in the poetry world. It is an entertaining read that will help female poets move to their next level. I caution you to keep a pen and paper handy to take notes or at least use a highlighter and small book marks to indicate the entries you will want to refer back to again and again.

Molly Peacock's Forewrod stated these essays note poetry's impact on our lives and the difficulty women poets have of being noticed by a larger world. There is something for every woman who has thought about the art of poetry...to learn, imbibe and react to in this book.

The editors demonstrated an uncanny ingenuity as they gathered this talented diverese group of forty-three poets to create fifty-nine chapters on the craft of poetry for poets and poetry lovers. The different personalities of the writers kept the book intersesting with their distinctive viewpoints. This volume was compiled with love and encouragement for all women poets no matter whether novice, or veteran, for poets who want a fresh approach.

Many poets think they are ready before they are which helps explain why so many suffer with rejection after rejection. Chapters 38 thorugh 44 detailed the many aspects of the poetry business. And yes, poetry is a business. This book can help women poets gain the attention and respect they've long deserved...and seldom received. Poetry has long been male dominated with experts claiming women were over emotional. Lest we forget...poetry can still break down walls and add beauty to our world.
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This book is a writer-friendly, comprehensive guide to the practical matters facing poets and teachers of poetry. Each subject is covered in clear, concise, sympatico language that anyone can peruse and use straight from the carton. There are chapters (59!) for everything, from where to find inspiration and time to write to how to present at a conference; when, where, why and how to publish a chapbook; writing on taboo subjects such as childhood sexual abuse; how to teach grammar, meter, 19th century women poets, and myriad other helpful perspectives. Sequenced in four sections: writing, teaching, publishing and essential wisdom, the table of contents gives simple yet precise direction to a reader's area of interest and who is giving the advice. I was impressed by the cohesive positive energy of the compilation, the generosity with which each author shares her considerable expertise and experience, personal and professional, toward the goal of giving the reader what she needs to do her own writing, teaching, publishing and presenting with panache.
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