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Poets Under Glass: Poetry Writing GUIDEBOOK

Marion Palm, M.S. Ed

Pages: 64
ISBN: 978-145752-776-0
List Price: 12.00
Category: Nonfiction
Available: April 2014
Edition: Perfectbound

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An Introduction to Poetry Writing is a book written in response to requests to reinstate Poets Under Glass, a writing workshop that was the longest running free writing workshop in New York City. This book is a collection of poetry lessons and added information that will help poets, teachers and parents foster the skills needed to write poetry and offer poetry workshops and readings. Chapters are divided into easy to read steps leading up to holding a poetry-reading recital and/or producing an anthology of the work of the students. We are first introduced to what poetry is and then given specific instructions in five easy lessons that will get your students interested in writing poetry. These lessons can be used for any group or grade level. I have used these lessons for elementary students, for learning disabled students (with a short attention span), with high school students and with college students, adapting the lessons to the age group involved. I’ve also used these lessons in classrooms where English is a second language, and taught adults using this foolproof method of teaching poetry, using all five senses. There is additional information in this book that will help the leader answer any questions that might come up. Included here is a full glossary of poetry writing forms and terms, for advanced students. I’ve also included a marketing piece to promote the poetry recital, and a template for creating a “Poetic License” or certificate of completion to present to the students at the conclusion of the recital. Included also are poetry samples to help with understanding that there is no real wrong or right way to write poetry. Prior to starting a class in poetry writing, it is really important to send students out into the environment to collect poetry that they see in architecture, in advertising or hear in the media. This sharing is an important component of setting the tone for poetry writing. Also important is attitude. The Beat poet Alan Ginsberg, had students bow their heads on their desks, clear their minds and allow ideas to pop into their heads prior to asking them to start writing. While it is possible to write poetry with the background noise of people in a shopping mall, riding the subway or on a bus, writing poetry in nature is most beneficial, even if interrupted. The most important thing is to be focused and committed to your choice. Poetry embraces all the arts, not just the literary arts. There is no “right”, only the process. Just go for it, respect the boundaries of others and let the audience decide.

Marion Palm is a Scandinavian-American poet in the NYC readings circuit. She is a member of the Academy of American Poets and the Poetry Society of America. She is listed in the national directory of Poets and Writers, included in the BAC/Brooklyn Arts Council, on Linked-In and Face Book. She has been interviewed for Poet to Poet, appeared on “Poetry In The Morning” for WNYE for Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and has an interview archived in the National Museum of Immigration and Naturalization on Ellis Island. Her poetry is published worldwide and she is included in “Who’s Who In International Poetry”. She is the author of six chapbooks of poetry and has edited several anthologies, newsle ers and magazines. Her bio and samples of her poetry are on the offi cial website of the Borough President of Brooklyn. Her second book, Sunrise on Sunset Park is available on Xlibris.com, as her fi rst digital book. The book includes a Patriotic Tour of the Ba le of Brooklyn, listing sites from our Revolutionary War of Independence. A third book, Alice’s American Dream is archived in the Metro New York Synod Archive maintained at Wagner College in the Su er Memorial Collection.