Seeing the Blue Between: Advice and Inspiration for Young Poets

Seeing the Blue Between: Advice and Inspiration for Young Poets

by Paul B. Janeczko (Compiler)


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Seeing the Blue Between: Advice and Inspiration for Young Poets by Paul B. Janeczko

"For a class, or to work up enthusiasm about writing - and not just poetry - one could hardly do better for young people than this fresh and inviting collection." - KIRKUS REVIEWS

How do you write poetry? It's a question with as many answers as there are poets. Now, in this unprecedented volume, thirty-two internationally renowned poets provide words of wisdom and inspiring examples of their own work for new poets everywhere.

Compiled by anthologist extraordinaire Paul B. Janeczko, a talented poet in his own right, this outstanding resource offers a fascinating spectrum of advice from those who know best - ranging from "break a few rules" to "read Shakespeare's sonnets in the bathroom" to "revise each poem at least thirty-two times." Not surprisingly, the most frequently made suggestion from these seasoned poets is simply to "read, read, read!" This rich volume - an ideal resource for classroom teachers and a beautiful gift for budding writers of all ages - offers the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763629090
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/14/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.89(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Paul B. Janeczko, a poet and teacher, has edited numerous award-winning anthologies for young people, including Candlewick’s A POKE IN THE I: A COLLECTION OF CONCRETE POEMS and VERY BEST (ALMOST) FRIENDS: POEMS OF FRIENDSHIP. Of SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN, he says, "I tried to create a book that I wish I’d had when I was a kid. Maybe its words would have given me the comfort and encouragement I needed." Paul B. Janeczko lives in Maine.

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"Do you want to write a poem?
Forget it...
until you have rewritten it." - Lee Bennett Hopkins

"How to begin? How to get better? If you love poetry, that's a good start. If you have a favorite poet, maybe you could memorize a few poems by him/her, so you can carry them around whenever you need or want them. Certain poems - like favorite trees, or views or memories - become old friends over time." - Liz Rosenberg

"Nothing succeeds like failure. Revel in it. You may take a measure of pride if you can say, 'I failed three times today, and that was before lunch.'" - J. Patrick Lewis

"Most of all, I want a poem to say what I really felt or saw or heard - that is, to be true." - Lilian Moore

SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN edited by Paul B. Janeczko. This collection copyright (c) 2002 by Paul B. Janeczko. Letters copyright (c) 2002 by individual authors. Poems copyright (c) year of publication as indicated in Acknowledgments. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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