An excellent introduction to the man and his thoughts on the painstaking craftsmanship involved in the art of writing poetry, Ciardi Himself includes some hard lessons, but in the hands of this master teacher, the going is easy.
Ciardi's careful craftsmanship and knowledge and appreciation of language is revealed in discussions of such topics as honesty, juvenile poetry, the student poet, and survival. No index or bibliography. Paper edition (unseen), $9.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)