Before she could even read, Susan Julien Larimore was scribbling on scrap paper and pretending to write. In second grade, she wrote prayers. In fifth grade, she wrote and directed a play for her class. During junior high and high school, she filled journals with poetry and dreams. Then, making magic with words was her refuge – today, it is her livelihood. Combine the compassionate heart of a writer with the wins and challenges Susan experienced in her 35-plus years in marketing communications, and you have the definitive marketing mentor for writers, authors, and entrepreneurs.
April, as National Poetry Month, is the perfect time to make poetry a part of your everyday life. Sure, you may have found it nauseating or boring when you were in high school. Or, as an adult, you may have dabbled in the craft but shoved it aside when life got in the way. That was then, this is now. Why not give a poetry a chance starting this very moment?
For those new to poetry or back for a visit after a lengthy absence, I recommend these two guides.
- How to Read a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem “Introduction to Poetry” (Field Guide Series) by Tania Runyan
- How to Write a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem “Introduction to Poetry” (Field Guide Series) by Tania Runyan
For those passionate about poetry with a strong desire to craft poems, check these out.
- The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save & Make Your Life with Poems (Masters in Fine Living Series) by Megan Willome
- PDFs on poetic devices and poetry forms.
Accomplished and aspiring poets, consider taking an online poetry class, especially if you feel stuck and need a boost. These helpful workshops usually run from four to six weeks and let you participate on your schedule from the comfort of your home. Most provide inspiring prompts, helpful writing feedback, and excellent sample poems.
Looking for additional poetry resources? There are plenty! And way too many to list.
Start with these.