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Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry 1st Edition
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I couldn't recommend this enough - to complete beginners, or to those of us who've already been around the poetry block. You won't be disappointed!
"In a culture where we like things black and white, right and wrong, poetry says YES. What if there were no right or wrong - only poetry? What if everything we could possibly dream up were acceptable? Fabulous? Enough? Poetry can be your own personal oasis of invention, where you can do no wrong."
What Cohen strives for is no less an encouraging, powerful, limitless manifesto to poets and writers everywhere. Instructional without being text-bookish, inspirational without being preachy, suggestive without being demanding, Writing the Life Poetic goes beyond the assemblage of quality how-to poetry books to become a work of art - with endless rows of blank canvasses on either side for the reader's own brush strokes.
I was most impressed by Cohen's adroit ability to turn so many poetic stereotypes on their head and give them a welcome burst of light and warmth. Not knowing everything about writing or other poets gives one an endless set of possibilities.Read more ›
She gave me prompts, and encouragements.
Showed me how to revise.
Nudged me towards publication, and
left me to fly off with her website where more learning, and practice could be found with just a click of the mouse.
All that in 250 pages for under $20.00. Works for me.
I'm looking forward to Sage's new book 'The Productive Writer'.
Beginning poets will find basic information that every poet needs to know, of course, but the book also invites published poets to "Trust Your Instincts" and "To Thine Own Self Be True." For the poet-professional, "Blogging to Build an Audience" and "How to Run a Reading Series" may be especially helpful in discovering ways to market a manuscript or promote a book of poetry.
Overall, the 80 chapters of this highly recommended resource for poets provide sound advice, professional insights, and creative yet practical suggestions for writing, revising, and marketing poems. What I particularly appreciate, though, is the emphasis on enjoying poetry and tapping into a sense of play, rather than being overly anxious, as so many poets are, about getting published. For example, the author says, "As I turned my attention away from what I thought I was supposed to be writing and toward what I felt called to write, my poetry took on a new momentum" (p. 22.) Yes! Although I've said something similar to poetry students for years, I found myself needing to hear this Sage advice myself.
Thankfully, Sage Cohen addresses many workable ways into a poem - especially important since poets often get locked into a rhyme, rhythm, image or idea long before the poetic lines have revealed their full intent or impact.Read more ›
I was a closet poet for nearly twenty years and when I finally had the courage to submit some poetry for critique I realized how much I did not know about poetry. I was discouraged and even considered not writing poetry anymore because it all seemed too complicated and then I saw an advertisement in Writer's Digest for this book. I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad that I did. My reading of Writing the Life Poetic coincided with a 30-day poetry writing regimen that I participated in and I had the chance to incorporate much of Sage Cohen's advice with great results.
Her instructions are clear and concise and so easy to understand even for a beginner like me. The chapters are short but provide a wealth of information and encouragement. I read one chapter per day and this easily fit into my hectic schedule. Eighty days later I was not only writing more poetically, I was living more poetically. What Cohen has taught me through these beautiful pages has helped me in all of my writing: poetry, personal essays, and memoir.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great workbook for the aspiring poet. Many good suggestions and instructions for creative writers.Published 11 months ago by donald a.
Excellent book. Elegantly written and offers wonderful ideas to jump start poems. I highly recommend this book.Published 21 months ago by Elizabeth Vrenios
A wonderful book with numerous, and I mean numerous, opportunities to try your skill at many different forms of poetry. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Dean K Miller
I needed this book for my creative writing class. I can say that the book actually came in good shape but it took way too long to come i the mail. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Tianna
Very well written. I love the endless activities at the end of each chapter because I have a selection to choose from. Read more
As a writer and also a creative writing teacher, I have used Cohen's sage words. (pun intended) Both my writing and my students' writings have improved.Published on February 23, 2013 by Lauren Persons
Fantastic book - has my brain activity on high alert; am excited to share with my students!! This has improved my clarity and thought process about how I need to write.Published on November 22, 2012 by LorettaLynn
I've written poetry for fifty years and yet I find this work inspires me, stretches my thinking and gives me ideas for lots of new poems.Published on October 15, 2012 by Jason Reynolds