Archive for November 8th, 2009

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Unlocking the Poem is a way to think about writing poetry; it is also the title of a new book by Ottone M. Riccio and Ellen Beth Siegel starting from the premise that poems are out there, waiting to be found, opened, unlocked–by anyone with the interest and perseverance to do so.  I hope this blog will allow me to explore this and other ideas in dialogue with all you other poets out there.

Regarding the book: please go to the page entitled “About Unlocking the Poem,” for more information about a resource X. J. Kennedy called “a book that deserves a place on every poet’s shelf”–I think you’ll agree that this volume will be a valuable companion to any writer. And please read the blog entries that follow, and respond; let’s open a dialogue about how and what we write, and how to do it better!




Buy the Book!

 

Praise for the Book

“Unlocking the Poem brings both the creative writing teacher and the aspiring writer a trustworthy guidebook and a generous resource. . . . authors Riccio and Siegel have put together a book that deserves a place on every poet’s shelf. Its copies will become well-worn and dog-eared from future service.”
–X. J. Kennedy

“Riccio and Siegel deserve the gratitude of poets
and writing workshop leaders everywhere for their no-holds-barred approach to stimulating the imagination and unlocking the poems in all of us.”
–Sue Ellen Thompson

“For those who can’t get to [Ottone Riccio's] workshops this remarkable teacher, together with Ellen Beth Siegel, has compiled a book of inspiring lessons to help writers on their way to good poems.”
–Diana Der-Hovanessian

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