Amazing poet, award-winning writer, mom-of-wonder, and incredible all-around person, Sage Cohen, has just given birth to Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry. I’m so proud to call Sage a friend and co-poet, and I can’t wait to buy my copy of this book (which, I believe, includes some… ahem… ‘words of wisdom’ from yours truly. Or at least, some ‘words of not stupidity.’). If you have any desire to be a poet, to reconnect with that old love of language and rhythm, or just to get re-inspired, I highly recommend picking up a copy.
Sage, in her own words on why she wrote this book:
I wrote Writing the Life Poetic because I believe no one needs an advanced degree in creative writing to reap the rewards of poetry. The book offers a mix of content, process and craft ideas to help readers tune into the poetry of their lives—and get it down on the page. (It also features poems, quotes, prompts and wisdom from many fabulous poets and writers around the world.) If you’d like to spark (or rekindle) a writing and reading practice, build skills and confidence in your poetic voice, and find the inspiration you need to put pen to paper, this book is for you!
Sage is having an Amazon Spike party on March 17th. If you buy the book that day, you qualify to win some amazing books and prizes, plus you help a most amazing author get some much-deserved credit!
To get you inspired, here’s a link to one of Sage’s poems that I absolutely adore, I Make You a River.
Kiss kiss bang bang, s.
Poetry is ordinary language raised to the nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. ~Paul Engle, New York Times, 17 February 1957
PS — Pretty and poetic pic by this artist.