Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry

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Writer's Digest Books, Apr 20, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 262 pages
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Writing Poetry for Everyday Life

&break;&break;"Poetry is just the evidence of life," says Leonard Cohen. "If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."

&break;&break;You don't need an advanced degree to reap the rewards of a rich poetic life–writing poetry is within the reach of everyone. Poet Sage Cohen invites you to slow down to the rhythms of your creative process and savor poetry by:

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  • Offering explorations of the poetic life and craft &break;
  • Inspiring a feeling of play instead of laborious study&break;
  • Weaving together lessons in content, form, and process to provide a fun and engaging experience&break;
  • Inviting you to add poetry to your creative repertoire
&break;&break;Writing the Life Poetic is the inspirational companion you've been looking for to help you build confidence in your poetic voice. It takes poetry from its academic pedestal and puts it back into the hands of the people.

&break;&break;Join the conversation with other poets at: www.writingthelifepoetic.typepad.com.

  

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A helpful look at writing expressive poetry. - Goodreads
And the illustrations are whimsical and fun. - Goodreads
Excellent book on writing poetry! - Goodreads
There are writing prompts, exercises, bulleted lists. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sydney - Goodreads

I figure writing poetry will help me overcome my fear of it. I enjoyed most of the exercises in this book. The short chapters make it a good read-before-working book. Highly recommended to writers of all genres. Read full review

Review: Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

This marvelous book is chock-full of good information. The subtitle, "An Invitation to Read & write Poetry," emphasizes the point. There is no finger-wagging or stern admonishment. The book invites ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1
3
Chapter 2
9
Chapter 3
11
Chapter 4
15
Chapter 5
18
Chapter 6
21
Chapter 7
25
Chapter 42
140
Chapter 43
143
Chapter 44
146
Chapter 45
149
Chapter 46
152
Chapter 47
154
Chapter 48
157
Chapter 49
160

Chapter 8
28
Chapter 9
32
Chapter 10
35
Chapter 11
39
Chapter 12
42
Chapter 13
45
Chapter 14
48
Chapter 15
51
Chapter 16
53
Chapter 17
58
Chapter 18
61
Chapter 19
64
Chapter 20
68
Chapter 21
72
Chapter 22
77
Chapter 23
80
Chapter 24
84
Chapter 25
87
Chapter 26
90
Chapter 27
93
Chapter 28
95
Chapter 29
97
Chapter 30
101
Chapter 31
103
Chapter 32
106
Chapter 33
109
Chapter 34
112
Chapter 35
114
Chapter 36
117
Chapter 37
122
Chapter 38
125
Chapter 39
130
Chapter 40
134
Chapter 41
137
Chapter 50
162
Chapter 51
165
Chapter 52
168
Chapter 53
171
Chapter 54
174
Chapter 55
177
Chapter 56
180
Chapter 57
183
Chapter 58
187
Chapter 59
192
Chapter 60
195
Chapter 61
197
Chapter 62
200
Chapter 63
203
Chapter 64
208
Chapter 65
211
Chapter 66
213
Chapter 67
216
Chapter 68
220
Chapter 69
223
Chapter 70
226
Chapter 71
228
Chapter 72
231
Chapter 73
235
Chapter 74
238
Chapter 75
242
Chapter 76
245
Chapter 77
248
Chapter 78
251
Chapter 79
254
Chapter 80
257
Index
259
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Sage Cohen is the author of the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World. Her poems and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including The Sunday Oregonian, Poetry Flash, Oregon Literary Review, VoiceCatcher, and Greater Good. In 2008 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and in 2006 she won first prize in the Ghost Road Press poetry contest. Sage teaches poetry e-courses and writes a monthly column about the life poetic for Writers on the Rise, where she also serves as managing editor. A speaker at writing conferences, festivals, bookstores and libraries, she hosts the Barnes & Noble Reading Series in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about Sage, visit www.writingthelifepoetic.com.

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