Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Crafty Poet: Just Published!

My new book, The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, is now officially published! I'm happy with it from cover to cover. So many wonderful poets contributed to this book—more than 100 of them. You'll find twenty-seven Craft Tips and twenty-seven model poems from highly regarded poets, including thirteen former and current state Poets Laureate. Each model poem is followed by a prompt and two sample poems written to the prompt. You'll also find ten poems with Q&As between the poet and me. To make sure you stay busy, there are also ten bonus prompts.

The book is organized into ten sections:
Generating Material / Using Time
Imagery / Figurative Language
Going Deep / Adding Layers
Line / Stanza
Writer's Block / Recycling

This book can be used by the individual poet studying and working independently at home. Or it can be used in the classroom or workshop.

I hope you'll soon find The Crafty Poet in your hands and that it will offer you much to think about. Of course, I also hope that it will stimulate you to write some new poems.

One of the nicest compliments I've had on the book so far came from my publisher who said that he'd had a hard time doing the edits as he kept wanting to stop to write a poem.

Click Cover for Amazon


  1. Congratulations, Diane. Hope the book's a great success.

  2. Thanks, Maureen! I share your hope.

  3. Contents look good, as does the cover (love old typewriters). Congratulations, Diane.

    1. Donna--Nice to read your comment here. Glad you like what you see so far.

  4. I put up an announcement on my ars poetica library...


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