I'm thrilled to tell you that The Strategic Poet: Honing the Craft is now available.
fabulous poets have work in this book, poets as George Bilgere, Jan
Beatty, Traci Brimhall, Annie Finch, Camille Dungy, Danusha Lameris, Ada
Limon, Matthew Olzmann, Diane Seuss, and Dean Young (see back cover
below for the complete list).
The book is organized into 13 sections, each devoted to a specific poetic strategy:
I. Descriptive Details
IV. Sound Devices
VI. Figurative Language: Simile
VII. Figurative Language: Metaphor
VIII. Figurative Language: Personification
IX. Figurative Language: Hyperbole
X. Figurative Language: Apostrophe
XIII. Odd Forms
In addition to the section strategies listed above, many other techniques are covered along the way.
Each section begins with a Craft Talk devoted to the section strategy, then is followed by 3 model poems. Each model poem is accompanied by analysis of its craft elements. Each model poem's analysis is followed by a prompt which asks the reader/writer/poet to do what the model poem does.
One model poem in each section is followed by a Commentary from the poet who wrote the poem. I solicited these commentaries and invited the poets to comment on a specific element of their poem.
Each model poem's
prompt is followed by 2 sample poems to illustrate what might be done
with the prompts and to illustrate that outstanding poems can result
from prompts. These 78 poems were submitted by an additional 72 poets.
Each section ends with an additional 3 prompts. These 39 prompts were solicited from a variety of fabulous poets who also teach.
This book can be used by poets working independently, by poets in writing groups, and by poets in workshops. It should also make an ideal text for the poetry classroom.
Thanks for your support throughout the writing/editing of this book. You are an important part of it even if your work isn't in it. And thanks to all of you who pre-ordered the book and made it the #1 New Release at Amazon in the Poetry Writing Reference category!