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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Book!


I got a new book in the mail today! Seeing the Blue in Between compiled by Paul B. Janeczko.
I'm almost halfway through it and really enjoy how quickly it reads. It is a book of advice and inspiration for young poets on their writing journey. There are 32 letters, written to the reader, throughout the book written by acclaimed poets who share a bit of their own poetry journey or tell young poets to be brave and write on. Each shares advice and then a poem or three follows. There are a lot of things I like about the book so far but my favorite is hearing the different voices from each poet. They each have a unique way of sharing this hopeful poetic message. They talk about their youth, their failures and moments of wonder. They share where they themselves find poems and how to look for them. I wish I had this book about twenty some years ago when I was a teen. It would have been nice to hear advice from these poets. I might have carried on with writing as a kid instead of stopping.

9 comments:

  1. Oooh - I know that book and have it in my classroom library. I love it!

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful book. I have been writing poetry with my students for the past couple of weeks. I will have to check out this book.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Colleen

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  3. Sounds like a perfect book for someone who thinks in poems. I love Janeczko's work.

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  4. One of my favorite mentor texts - and Janeczko's notes are special, too.

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  5. Oh, not only does that sound like a cool book, but its also right up your alley! I can't wait to see what it inspires from you, my friend!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this - I am definitely going to get this book. I teach poetry all year long and can't wait to use this.

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  7. I'm going to look for the book. Thanks for slicing about it.

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