I AM WRITING A POEM ABOUT... by Myra Cohn Livingston

I AM WRITING A POEM ABOUT...

A Game of Poetry
Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The process of writing poetry can be looked at as a chicken-or-egg problem: Which comes first, the images or the words? Inspired by a magnetic-word poetry set, Livingston (Cricket Never Does, p. 642, etc.) explains in an introduction how she launched students in her master class in poetry on a fascinating study of how disparate words could be connected in coherent, artful ways. This delightful collection features works by Alice Schertle, Janet Wong, and Tony Johnston, among others; each student was given one wordthen three, then sixthat had to be included in a poem. The possibilities are endless, as shown in the diverse styles and range of the pieces: Some are brilliant and touching, others are humorous, some are silly. It's not a book for browsersthe poems are most revealing when read togetherbut is a teaching tool, by students, to use with and inspire other students. (index) (Poetry. 10+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-689-81156-X
Page count: 72pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1997




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