Poetry. Reference. Criticism. Poet, educator, and Poetry Foundation best-seller Alice B. Fogel has written the perfect book for those who feel uncomfortable with reading poetry. Divided into eight "steps," this "handbook" looks at such topics as shape, words, sound, images, and emotion. Fogel illustrates each step from her own poetry."Great advice, good humor, excellent examples...and not textbooky. Playful and accessible, the continuing point that you don't have to 'get' poems to get them will ease a lot of minds. This is an important and mysterious subject—the reading of poetry. I learned a lot. Painlessly."—Rebecca RuleThe book is an essential resource for individuals, reading groups, teachers—even friends and families of poets who want to feel more comfortable with poetry.
Alice B. Fogel's third collection, BE THAT EMPTY (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007), was a national poetry bestseller. She is also the author of the poetry guide STRANGE TERRAIN (Hobblebush Books, 2009), a nonacademic approach to appreciating poetry without having to "get" it. A six-time Pushcart nominee and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, among other awards, her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Poet's Choice, and many other anthologies and journals. Forthcoming from Schaffner Press is her book Interval: Poems Based Upon Bach's Goldberg Variations, which won the first Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. She is currently the Poet Laureate of the state of NH. Author City: Acworth, NH USA