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ISBN13: 9781582975573
ISBN10: 1582975574
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Ever wonder if you have what it takes to write a poem? Sage Cohen says, "Yes, you can!" Cohen, a Portland-based teacher and author of the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World, insists that poetry is available to anyone and everyone. She offers a rich, creative adventure that will help you tune into the poetry of your life — and get it down on the page. Filled with whimsical illustrations, ample wisdom, and plenty of sample poems from the great poets everywhere, Writing the Life Poetic is a fun, unpretentious, and user-friendly resource for poets and writers of all levels. We've tried it; we like it; and we think you will, too!
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Writing Poetry for Everyday Life

Poetry is just the evidence of life, says Leonard Cohen. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

You don't need an advanced degree to reap the rewards of a rich poetic life–writing poetry is within the reach of everyone. Poet Sage Cohen invites you to slow down to the rhythms of your creative process and savor poetry by:

Offering explorations of the poetic life and craft

Inspiring a feeling of play instead of laborious study

Weaving together lessons in content, form, and process to provide a fun and engaging experience

Inviting you to add poetry to your creative repertoire

Writing the Life Poetic is the inspirational companion you've been looking for to help you build confidence in your poetic voice. It takes poetry from its academic pedestal and puts it back into the hands of the people.

Join the conversation with other poets at: www.writingthelifepoetic.typepad.com.

Synopsis:

No one needs an advanced degree in creative writing to reap the rewards of poetry. This invitation to creatives from all backgrounds 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 helps anyone build skills and confidence in their poetic voice. While key craft issues are addressed, the approach is casual and friendly, rather than formal and academic.

Synopsis:

Sage Cohen is an award-winning poet with a BA from Brown University and an MA in creative writing from New York University. The author of the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World, Sage has published widely including three monthly columns about the craft and business of writing. She has

taught poetry at universities, hospitals and writing conferences as well as online. Sage's blog, www.writingthelifepoetic.typepad.com, continues the conversation started in Writing the Life Poetic.

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The Red-Crested Poet, October 12, 2010 (view all comments by The Red-Crested Poet)
The cover first drew me to this book, but the wisdom inside has held me to it. I had been toying with the idea of writing poetry again after a decades-long hiatus, and WTLP was the catalyst that started me writing immediately and almost non-stop. The book is easy to read, the exercises are challenging enough to hold one's interest, the examples are inspirational. Others here have written longer and more beautifully (poetically) than I. If you are looking for a book to help you write your own poetry, buy Sage Cohen's book. It will do the job -- beautifully, poetically, and better than the rest of the others.
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Jessica Varin, September 7, 2009 (view all comments by Jessica Varin)
Writing the Life Poetic is a very comprehensive guide to life as a poet. In eighty short chapters, Sage Cohen breaks down everything from nurturing creativity to publishing. As a young, emerging poet, I appreciate the multiple writing prompts and advice included in each chapter. Sage Cohen covers technique with plenty of examples from established poets. This book was a good resource for both finding and creating new poetry. The cover is beautiful; the layout is accessible and exciting. I highly recommend this book to writers and poets at any stage in their writing.
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thenightwriter, August 13, 2009 (view all comments by thenightwriter)
The first thing I noticed about Writing the Life Poetic when I opened up my package was the beautiful cover. Already, before even opening the book up to the first page, my senses were heightened by the brilliant designs and colors. When I ran my fingers over the cover of the book I was pleasantly surprised by the raised designs (especially on the back cover) and the raised text. Just holding the book was a poetic experience. Then I opened it – Wow! I was struck by the contrast between the bright white paper, the text, the colors, and the illustrations. Without reading a word my creative mind had already been given a jumpstart.

I was a closet poet for nearly twenty years and when I finally had the courage to submit some poetry for critique I realized how much I did not know about poetry. I was discouraged and even considered not writing poetry anymore because it all seemed too complicated and then I saw an advertisement in Writer’s Digest for this book. I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad that I did. My reading of Writing the Life Poetic coincided with a 30-day poetry writing regimen that I participated in and I had the chance to incorporate much of Sage Cohen’s advice with great results.

Her instructions are clear and concise and so easy to understand even for a beginner like me. The chapters are short but provide a wealth of information and encouragement. I read one chapter per day and this easily fit into my hectic schedule. Eighty days later I was not only writing more poetically, I was living more poetically. What Cohen has taught me through these beautiful pages has helped me in all of my writing: poetry, personal essays, and memoir. She has taught me that there is poetry to be found in even the most minute and mundane of things; in the things that might be overlooked even discarded otherwise. She has taught me that it is the awareness of the world around me and the writing of that awareness that is so important even if at first glance I do not consider what I write to be “top quality”.

I recommend this book to beginner and experienced poets and writers alike. Beginners will get a guide book on how to embrace the poetry within and around them. Those with experience will get a fresh perspective on reading and writing poetry and expand their creative minds to higher levels. I also recommend Cohen’s book of poetry, Like the Heart, the World, which will, after reading, unequivocally convince you that she knows of what she writes.

Sage Cohen also has a Writing the Life Poetic blog that you can subscribe to and it is a must read for all the fans of her book. It will provide you with a continuation of the same fresh poetic view of life that is seen within the pages of this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582975573
Author:
Cohen, Sage
Publisher:
Writer's Digest Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Poetry -- Authorship.
Subject:
Creative writing
Subject:
Reference-Words Phrases and Language
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
8.30x5.50x.80 in. .90 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Ever wonder if you have what it takes to write a poem? Sage Cohen says, "Yes, you can!" Cohen, a Portland-based teacher and author of the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World, insists that poetry is available to anyone and everyone. She offers a rich, creative adventure that will help you tune into the poetry of your life — and get it down on the page. Filled with whimsical illustrations, ample wisdom, and plenty of sample poems from the great poets everywhere, Writing the Life Poetic is a fun, unpretentious, and user-friendly resource for poets and writers of all levels. We've tried it; we like it; and we think you will, too!

"Synopsis" by , No one needs an advanced degree in creative writing to reap the rewards of poetry. This invitation to creatives from all backgrounds 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 helps anyone build skills and confidence in their poetic voice. While key craft issues are addressed, the approach is casual and friendly, rather than formal and academic.
"Synopsis" by , Sage Cohen is an award-winning poet with a BA from Brown University and an MA in creative writing from New York University. The author of the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World, Sage has published widely including three monthly columns about the craft and business of writing. She has

taught poetry at universities, hospitals and writing conferences as well as online. Sage's blog, www.writingthelifepoetic.typepad.com, continues the conversation started in Writing the Life Poetic.

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