Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Immersed in Verse by Allan Wolf
The full title of this book is Immersed in Verse: An Informative, Slightly Irreverent & Totally Tremendous Guide to Living the Poet's Life. This book could change the life of a middle schooler who wants to be a poet. If that person is you, I would recommend buying this book for yourself because you will want to refer to it over and over again. Allan Wolf talks about what poetry is and how to find it it all the things around you. However, this book is not stuffy and dull. It is colorful and funny and easy to read, and is packed with examples of all kinds of poetry. He describes the Nine Habits of Highly Successful Poets, tells about structure and tense and point of view, and gives all kinds of ideas for kinds of poems to write. He even finishes up the book by talking about poetry readings and poetry slams and how to share your work with others. This book won't be for everyone, but I can't underestimate how wonderful this book is for someone who writes poetry. Highly highly highly recommended for all your writers out there!