Writing the Life Poetic, brought to you by Sage Cohen and Writers Digest Books, puts poetry back into the hands of the people––not because they are aspiring to become the poet laureate of the United States––but because poetry is one of the great pleasures in life.
Writing the Life Poetic is packed full of captivating new ways to generate ideas and have fun with the writing process. 80 short, friendly chapters address a mix of content, process and craft ideas designed to help you:
- Find the inspiration you need to put pen to paper immediately
- Transform the raw materials of experience and emotion into language
- Build skills and confidence in your poetic voice
- Learn some key craft techniques and enjoy experimenting with them
- Engage in (or breathe new life into) a writing and reading practice
- Get excited about the possibilities of poetry
Poetry is as unique and personal as fingerprints. No one else will ever write what you write, the way you write it. Writing the Life Poetic is designed to help you find your place in poetry by tuning into the poetry of your life—and getting it down on the page.
“Poems hold us to a higher standard by which we become more visible to ourselves and more authentic in that unveiling. It is only by writing ourselves through this poetry prism – then sharing what we’ve written – that we can arrive at the threadbare intimacies of ‘real’.”–– Sage Cohen, Writing the Life Poetic
Plus, look for Writing the Life Poetic at your local bookstore or library! If you don’t see it there, ask ‘em to order a copy!
Praise for Writing the Life Poetic
“Instructional without being text-bookish, inspirational without being preachy, suggestive without being demanding, goes beyond the assemblage of quality how-to poetry books to become a work of art––with endless rows of blank canvasses on either side for the reader’s own brush strokes.” –– Shawn Sorensen, Oregon Writers Colony
“For me, the special gift of this book is its open and compassionate invitation to participate in the dance of poem making. To begin where you are. That permission, in itself, is enormous.” — Mari L’Esperance, author of The Darkened Temple
“I am one of those readers who underline in pencil in books such as this to highlight thoughts and ideas but ‘Writing the Life Poetic’ is so full of gems that I can’t do this or I would underline the whole book. Sage Cohen has coalesced much about writing and poetry in a heartfelt, accessible way. She truly does take poetry writing off its pedestal and straight into the mainstream of your life in the most practical and encouraging way. Great for people writing independently, for groups, for beginners or those needing new enthusiasm.” — Terri V, amazon.com reviewer
“Filled with ideas and exercises, this inviting book coaxes poets at all levels to observe, listen, think, feel, and remember the countless ways to get into a poem.” — Mary Harwell Sayler, author of 20 books
“While Cohen’s aim is to guide readers through different aspects of reading and writing poetry, nearly everything she says can be applied to any type of writing, or, for that matter, any creative endeavor. Just as one doesn’t have to be a gardener in order to enjoy a tour through a friend’s treasured garden, there’s an abundance of beauty here for poet and non-poet alike.” — Alirambles, amazon.com reviewer
Tune into the poetry of your life–and get it down on the page
Six times a year, the Writing the Life Poetic Zine invites you to tune into the poetry of your life with writing prompts, interviews, publishing tips and markets, guidance in cultivating a poetry practice, wisdom about the poetic life, tips about cultivating poetic community and more. Learn more and subscribe for FREE.