I am enjoying a text by Annie Finch, a fine poet–but this is not a book of her poems. Finch is the director of the MFA program at Stonecoast (Univ. of Maine); and her new book, A Poet’s Craft, draws on her experience teaching people to write poetry. She begins in the best possible way: teaching people how to read poetry.
It’s a gentle, encouraging book but passionate. The examples she gives are excellent, varied, and surprising, spanning centuries and continents. Even if you have no intention of ever writing a poem but would like to learn how to read and appreciate the art and craft of poetry, you should consider getting this book.
Meanwhile, a thunderstorm approaches. Time to close up shop at the computer and get back to reading!