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Seeing the blue between : advice and inspiration for young poets
Janeczko, Paul B.
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Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, [2002]

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132 pages : portraits ; 25 cm
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PS586.3 .S44 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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As an inspiration to new poets everywhere, acclaimed anthologist Paul B. Janeczko gathers letters of advice and sample poems from thirty-two poets renowned around the world.
How do you write poetry? It's a question with as many answers as there are poets. Now, in this unprecedented volume, thirty-two internationally renowned poets provide words of wisdom and inspiring examples of their own work for new poets everywhere.
Compiled by anthologist extraordinaire Paul B. Janeczko, a brilliant poet in his own right, this outstanding resource offers a fascinating spectrum of advice from those who know best - ranging from "break a few rules" to "read Shakespeare's sonnets in the bathroom" to "revise each poem at least thirty-two times." Not surprisingly, the most frequently made suggestion from these seasoned poets is simply to "read, read, read " This rich volume - an ideal resource for classroom teachers and a beautiful gift for budding writers of all ages - offers the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Author Notes

Paul B. Janeczko, a poet and teacher, has edited numerous award-winning anthologies for young people, including Candlewick's A POKE IN THE I: A COLLECTION OF CONCRETE POEMS and VERY BEST (ALMOST) FRIENDS: POEMS OF FRIENDSHIP. Of SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN, he says, "I tried to create a book that I wish I'd had when I was a kid. Maybe its words would have given me the comfort and encouragement I needed." Paul B. Janeczko lives in Maine.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-8. What makes a rose smell sweet or a dirty gym sock stink? Is it possible to figure out where someone is just by sensing footsteps? Each volume in the four-book Sense and Sensors series answers similar intriguing questions as it investigates how the senses work. Topics covered include the science behind the senses; animals with enhanced senses; artificial sensors developed for people--among them, electronic noses to smell disease; robotic hands that can teach sign language to the deaf; and sensors that can monitor food spoilage. Color photographs, diagrams, and other images enhance the interesting, clearly presented text. These books will work well for basic research; the level of detail won't overwhelm readers. A glossary and a listing of further resources are appended to each volume. Hazel Rochman.

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Love words play with them find the meanings of those you don't know," writes poet Michael Dugan. He, along with 32 other poets including Ralph Fletcher, Douglas Florian, Naomi Shihab Nye and Jane Yolen offer words of encouragement and a few poems of their own in Seeing the Blue Between: Advice and Inspiration for Young Poets, ed. by Paul B. Janeczko. "Notes on Contributors" complete the handsome volume. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-Letters of advice from 32 of today's best poets for children and teens are accompanied by their poems. The letters are personal, friendly, and supportive. Over and over, young poets are encouraged to read. The importance of revision is emphasized, as is emotional honesty and looking at the world with fresh and open eyes. Some of the statements are wonderfully pithy, as when Lillian Morrison claims, "Poetry makes you smart." Plenty of humor is found as well. The selected poems cover a wide range of styles, moods, and subjects. Some follow the letters beautifully; Naomi Shihab Nye's comment, "Now I see revision as a beautiful word of hope" is followed by her poem "How do I know when a poem is finished?" This volume is similar to Janeczko's The Place My Words Are Looking For (Bradbury, 1990), but is more fleshed out. One note: while there is much discussion of the importance of revision, actual examples of first draft to final version are not given. A valuable addition to public and school libraries, with the potential for much classroom and personal use.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



"Do you want to write a poem? Forget it... until you have rewritten it." - Lee Bennett Hopkins "How to begin? How to get better? If you love poetry, that's a good start. If you have a favorite poet, maybe you could memorize a few poems by him/her, so you can carry them around whenever you need or want them. Certain poems - like favorite trees, or views or memories - become old friends over time." - Liz Rosenberg "Nothing succeeds like failure. Revel in it. You may take a measure of pride if you can say, 'I failed three times today, and that was before lunch.'" - J. Patrick Lewis "Most of all, I want a poem to say what I really felt or saw or heard - that is, to be true." - Lilian Moore SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN edited by Paul B. Janeczko. This collection copyright (c) 2002 by Paul B. Janeczko. Letters copyright (c) 2002 by individual authors. Poems copyright (c) year of publication as indicated in Acknowledgments. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA. Excerpted from Seeing the Blue Between: Advice and Inspiration for Young Poets All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.