- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 1 edition (April 20, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582975574
- ISBN-13: 978-1582975573
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry 1st Edition
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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. She has taught me that there is poetry to be found in even the most minute and mundane of things; in the things that might be overlooked even discarded otherwise. She has taught me that it is the awareness of the world around me and the writing of that awareness that is so important even if at first glance I do not consider what I write to be "top quality".
I recommend this book to beginner and experienced poets and writers alike. Beginners will get a guide book on how to embrace the poetry within and around them. Those with experience will get a fresh perspective on reading and writing poetry and expand their creative minds to higher levels. I also recommend Cohen's book of poetry, Like the Heart, the World, which will, after reading, unequivocally convince you that she knows of what she writes.
Sage Cohen also has a Writing the Life Poetic blog that you can subscribe to and it is a must read for all the fans of her book. It will provide you with a continuation of the same fresh poetic view of life that is seen within the pages of this book.
Very well written. I love the endless activities at the end of each chapter because I have a selection to choose from. It is inducive to mental exercises; hence, stagnant my writing doesn't become.
I higly advice this book to all who wish to exercise their mind, love writing (hands down!), as a teacher's manual for invigorating the class with great ideas. And the list could go on and on... Simply put; IT'S A GREAT BUY! Thank you.
And what a delicious read it has been. Any reader who wants to relish the life he or she is already living will find that Cohen over-delivers in Writing the Life Poetic. I never could have anticipated how rich, intricate, and permission-granting each short study on poetic living would turn out.
As much as the reader will want to devour chapters by the handful, I sincerely doubt he or she will be able to resist the siren call of his or her own creative process. Writing the Life Poetic is a veritable love letter to poetry, poets, and living a more receptive life. I think any teacher interested in turning students on to the power of poetry will want to get a few dozen copies of this book...and then watch the poetry happen!
Similarly if you wish to relish the life you are already living, I'd suggest you crack open this book...with paper and writing instruments at the ready.
Easy to follow and thought provoking with some excellent exercises to get you thinking about your own poetic.