Kate Clanchy has been teaching people to write poetry for more than twenty years. None of them was confident to start with, but a surprising number went to win prizes and all finished up with a poem they were proud of, one they could call their own.
Kate’s big secret is a simple: share other poems. She believes poetry is like singing or dancing and the best way to learn is to follow someone else. In this book, Kate shares the poems she has found provoke the richest responses, the exercises that help to shape those responses into new poems, and the advice that most often helps new writers build their own writing practice.
Perfect for budding poets and those who teach them.