Unlocking the Poem is 360 pages of poetry stimuli–450 assignments that work with free verse and traditional forms, and also introduce several new “forms” invented by Ricky Riccio. What’s more, Unlocking the Poem includes a multitude of excellent poems “illustrating” assignments–and enjoyable in their own right. Anyone who loves poetry, anyone who writes poetry, anyone who teaches poetry classes or workshops–and anyone who wants to do any of the above–will find this book a valuable resource, one to turn to on a regular basis.

If you browsed through Unlocking the Poem in a bookstore, you would buy, keep, and use it constantly thereafter. We’d like to give you a taste of what you will find, so here is a brief, downloadable sample to try out.

Unlocking the Poem — Sample Pages

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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

June 2023


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