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  • June 29th, 2011 | 9:39 AM
Write After Reading: Coming to a Close

Write After Reading: Writing the Life Poetic has been a weekly online book club with poetry participation. It has alternated between my blog and Laura Salas's blog.

For a couple of months now Laura and I have worked our way through reading and writing poetry together. The exercises have been both fun and enlightening. It seems the more I struggled against the exercises the more I got out of it once I actually did the work. Having a buddy to read and discuss the book with made it more fun and, of course, made me accountable to actually doing what I said I was going to do.

We've reached the end of our journey with this particular book. It feels like the right time. And now that we're in the midst of summer, many readers have summer activities on their plate. I want to thank those of you who read along with us, whether or not you posted, and those who joined us in sharing our exercise here on the blogs. Poetry really can be a universal conversation.

The book we used, Writing the Life Poetic, by Sage Cohen, is so accessible. The chapters are short and the exercises are full of variety. Even if you didn't get the chance to read along with us this time, I highly recommend the book.

But wait, there's more! Sage Cohen has volunteered to answer questions for us. It doesn't matter if you posted during our reading adventure or not. If you have any questions about poetry, the book (we didn't cover all the chapters) some of the exercises, etc, please leave your question in a comment and we'll forward them all to Sage for a final wrap-up on our poetic adventure!

Thank you again, to all who participated and cheered us on. Stay tuned for further adventures in Write After Reading. If you have a book you'd like us to consider for the club, please let us know.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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June 30th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
ellie wrote
Summer obligations took me out of town last week so regrettably I missed the final exercise. However, I can’t let Write after Reading come to a close without thanking you, Laura and Susan, for hosting this exciting and eye-opening book club. The lessons I learned from Sage Cohen’s book and your weekly comments are priceless. You have given me tools to create that I would never have developed on my own. Thank you so much for an amazing experience.

I am posting this on both of your sites as I want to make sure you both know how much I appreciate your efforts.

Until the next club,
July 2nd, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: ellie wrote
Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed our poetic journey. I've really enjoyed getting to know you better through your comments and your lovely poems.

I wish you much poetic success.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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