Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words [NOOK Book]

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Following the success of several recent inspirational and practical books for would-be writers, Poemcrazy is a perfect guide for everyone who ever wanted to write a poem but was afraid to try. Writing workshop leader Susan Wooldridge shows how to think, use one's senses, and practice exercises that will make poems more likely to happen.

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Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words

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Overview

Following the success of several recent inspirational and practical books for would-be writers, Poemcrazy is a perfect guide for everyone who ever wanted to write a poem but was afraid to try. Writing workshop leader Susan Wooldridge shows how to think, use one's senses, and practice exercises that will make poems more likely to happen.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Delia A. Culberson
Effervescent, irrepressible, liberating-these are just a few of the adjectives that kept popping into my head as I reviewed this gem of a book. More than a guide to freeing the inner self, Poemcrazy draws on the author's intuitive experiences and refers to extraordinary writers such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, Pablo Neruda, and Marianne Moore to stress the importance of allowing one's mind and soul to become attuned to the "ordinary magic" in everyday surroundings and circumstances. Let yourself be like a kid, Wooldridge says. Be open to unexpected words and adventures. In Native American lore, the coyote is "tricky, magical, often a hero in spite of himself." Let your writings be inspired by the coyote in you, she tells us, no matter how sedate our lives might be. She mentions poet Wallace Stevens, a lawyer by training and an executive of an insurance company, whose sparkling, whimsical poems are filled with coyote spirit. The list of contents alone-five chapters with titles such as "Following Words," "Hi There Stars," and "Open the Window," and each chapter containing a dozen or so stories with such headings as "outlaw on a poem walk," "listening to our shadow," "the image angel," and "dreamsense"-hints at a treasure trove of enchantment and inspiration. With its heady torrent of musings, poems, ideas, and suggestions, this is a book to keep close by and peruse frequently, not only for sheer pleasure, but to stir the imagination when pursuing the elusive muse, or to chase away the blues in moments of malaise or melancholy. Young adults interested in writing or anyone in love with words will delight in this book. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307559128
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 632,177
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Ordinary Magic
1 outlaw on a poem walk 2
2 Mr. Mabie 5
3 collecting words and creating a wordpool 9
4 the answer squash 14
5 most mad and moonly 19
6 gas, food, longing 23
7 being here 27
8 it looks like 30
9 naming wild hippo 33
10 our real names 36
11 opening shots 42
12 on a night picnic 44
13 the poemfish 48
14 full moon me 51
15 Walt Whitman 56
16 Plum Nelly 58
17 where do you come from 62
18 from my grandmother 66
19 lying to tell the truth 69
20 snowflakes and secrets 74
21 listening to our shadow 76
22 what's my image 80
23 coyote and the wild 84
24 poems and the body 88
25 poems are alive 91
26 hi there stars 96
27 Terra: from dirt to mother earth 99
28 Paul who breaks pencils 101
29 the Plains way 103
30 I dress myself with rain 105
31 bring me magic 109
32 Mojo-squeegie-abacus-del morpho 113
33 skin spinoff 115
34 listening in Thermalito 118
35 misfits' castle of lightning 121
36 please don't understand 124
37 open the window 128
38 stirring the sky 132
39 who were you in my dream? 135
40 collage 138
41 the center of the house 142
42 grocery weeping 144
43 joywriting 147
44 the image angel 149
45 the great Magus 154
46 controlled abandon 156
47 poem sound and song 164
48 abracadabra 168
49 the ginkgo 174
50 Home Song 177
51 fear of poetry 179
52 dreamsense 182
53 being visited by words 187
54 the blue socks 192
55 bending light 194
56 apo-ka-tas-tasis 196
57 catching myseif 200
58 caterpillar poets 201
59 a seng song pot of possibilities 205
60 the poem bridge 206
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Highly Recommend for Inspiration

    This book really inspired me. I have poems growing out of the exercises the book offers. What I especially like is that the exercises provide a framework for poems that really helps me with the flow of images and narrative element of poem writing. For me, this was much more beneficial than prompts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Anyonymous Young Person Who For One Reason Or Another Decided To Type Out A Very Long Title For The Review Of This Book Which Was Enjoyed By The Anonymous Person A Large But Not Exceeding But Still Very Much Due To The Book's Most Excellent Quality

    This book was a wonderful read, and as a young poet I found it inspirational, amazing, and all around awesome, and would definitely recommend it to anyone liking poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2001

    Wonderful inspiration for poets of any level

    This book provides motivation and inpiration for all poets alike. I strongly recommend this book to ANY poet looking to be inspired! It is the only tool that could break my writers block of two years.

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