Broken Lines - The Art & Craft of Poetry

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The goal of this book is to enable poets at all stages of development to move from their current stage or plateau on to the next level in cultivating a unique voice and poetic music. This book encourages the student of poetry to entertain a kind of Zen consciousness, a “Beginner’s Mind”—for that is the only way to continue serenely in the business of writing poems. The work is cognizant of the fact that most often, if you ask a person why they write poetry, the answer will be “Because I have no choice.” This text can be used by a poet on his or her own, or it can become a tool in the classroom. BL contains chapters on theory and practice. Whether one is a beginning writer, has been writing for years and never taken a class, or has published work in journal and/or book form, Broken Lines includes content to propel the writing life forward. Judith Skillman, author of Broken Lines...

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Judith Skillman’s latest collection is The Phoenix: New & Selected Poems 2007 – 2013, from Dream Horse Press. The recipient of an award from the Academy of American Poets for her book Storm (Blue Begonia Press), she has also received a King County Arts Commission (KCAC) Publication Prize, Public Arts Grant, and Washington State Arts Commission Writer’s Fellowship. Two of her books were finalists for the Washington State Book Award (Red Town and Prisoner of the Swifts.) She holds a Masters in English Literature and has taught at University of Phoenix, Richard Hugo House, City University, Yellow Wood Academy, and elsewhere. Skillman’s poems and collaborative translations have appeared in Poetry, FIELD, The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, Midwest Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Seneca Review, and other journals and anthologies. She has been a Writer in Residence at the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington, and The Hedgebrook Foundation. At the Center for French Translation in Seneffe, Belgium, she translated French-Belgian poet Anne-Marie Derése. A Jack Straw Writer in 2008 and 2013, Skillman’s work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, the UK Kit Award, Best of the Web, and is included in Best Indie Verse of New England. For more information, please visit www.judithskillman.com Ms. Skillman is available for manuscript consultations through her website or http://www.lumoxpress.com

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