How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts (Paperback)

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How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts (Paperback)


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A poetry journal for those looking to improve their art

Nourish your poetic soul with this instructive and inspiring journal. Whether you're just starting out or seeking ways to expand your skills, How to Write Poetry is a poetry journal designed to nurture creativity and deepen your understanding of this age-old literary tradition.

Discover lessons on everything from crafting evocative imagery to exploring the nuances of rhythm and meter—all while immersing yourself in related readings that reinforce your connection to the instruction. Put your knowledge into practice with dozens of original, enriching prompts meant to jump-start a ritual of poetry writing. No matter where you are on your journey, this poetry journal will help you unleash your artistic voice.

This how-to poetry journal helps teach with:
  • A poetic primer—Go from basic to more advanced techniques with descriptive instructions that provide comprehensive guidance.
  • Practice makes perfect—Hone your skills with thought-provoking prompts and blank pages that encourage you to try what you've learned.
  • Finishing touches—This poetry journal contains expert advice for revising your poems, as well as a list of respected publications you can submit your completed works to.

Expand your knowledge and broaden your skills with a poetry journal that teaches you how to find your voice and share your passion.
Christopher Salerno is the author of five books of poems and the editor of Saturnalia Books. He has received the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Award, the Laurel Review Chapbook Prize, and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship.

Kelsea Habecker is a poet, writer, teacher, retreat leader, and personal coach. Her collections of poetry include Hollow Out, selected by US Poet Laureate Charles Simic; The Walrus Wives, a chapbook; and North Wife, forthcoming from Salmon Poetry.
Product Details ISBN: 9781646117970
ISBN-10: 1646117972
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 180
Language: English
"After doing every suggestion included in every chapter, I’m prepared to give this five stars. I expected a simplistic “prompt of the day” approach, but this is much more complex, and it’s challenging in a good way … If you actually take this book seriously, it can very much work your creative muscles. I highly recommend it." — Customer Review

"Written by a poet who leads poetry writing retreats, this is a workbook to write and create in. I appreciate that the topics have brief but effective explanations of themes and literary devices enough to immediately get you into writing poetry yourself. I have already begun writing poetry this summer thanks to this book. The real work of writing poetry is in the writing process itself and the author seems to know that and this book is more than enough to get you started. " — Customer Review

"This is a wonderful primer on how to write poetry for those who are intimidated by the process; it takes the reader to the basic elements and illustrates how to build upon them for confidence. The book is broken down into sections that describe the components of poetry and includes exercises to stir and unleash the imagination … If you want to express yourself with depth and soul, this is an excellent place to start." — Customer Review