September 2, 2009
By Claire Sykes
Forget that you already may know how to read and write poetry. And if you never touch the stuff? Either way, Sage Cohen’s delightful and informative book refreshes the pleasures of receiving and creating the lines and rhymes, metaphors and music of poems. In Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry, she takes this art form “off of its academic pedestal and into our lives where it belongs.” Preceded by brief discussions, the book’s nearly 80 exercises invite you to tackle the blank page, explore unexpected subject matter, face your fears and failures, give in to revision—and discover poems in ways you never imagined before.
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