Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words

Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words

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by Susan G. Wooldridge
     
 

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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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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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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307559128
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
649,907
File size:
2 MB

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.