Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher
I own several writing craft books by Ralph Fletcher and was looking forward to reading his book on poetry. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I love writing poetry, but I have this feeling if he stumbled onto my poetry blog he would dismiss it as a series of language arts assignments.
Last summer I was in a teacher workshop and excited when one of the assignments was to wrote a poem titled "Where I'm From." Apparently I didn't measure up to my instructor's expectations. She wondered why I didn't include sad things from my childhood.
I don't really write deep poetry. I keep things light for my audience. Besides, poetry is play for me.
This book focuses on writing from emotion and images. Fletcher mentions form, but it's not a priority.
I guess I will stick with my language arts assignments.
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