Getting from Here to There: Writing and Reading Poetry
This is a different kind of poetry anthology--it's a way to get high school students writing poetry by using as a springboard the poems of others. It can be used as a sourcebook or workbook, depending upon the needs and inclinations of teachers and students.
In each chapter, Grossman discusses some of the things she does with her students to help them write a poem. Each exercise leads to a poem source, a place to collect material, and ways to trigger the imagination. The sources always go back to students' own experiences, real or imagined. Concrete suggestions help them begin, and poems by other students show them different ways to respond to a particular poetry idea. Throughout the chapters works of contemporary poets touch on the same poetry ideas.
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