VERMONT POETS AND THEIR CRAFT
(Green Writers Press, 2019; edited by Neil Shepard & Tamra Higgins)
Inspired by the original Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series, Sundog Poetry Center and Green Writers Press present 17 essays on poetic craft by some of Vermont’s leading poets.
This anthology offers thought-provoking essays on the elements of poetic craft by some of Vermont’s leading poets. It will be an exciting and invaluable resource, whether you are an accomplished poet or a reader curious about poetry’s allure, a student seeking insights into poetic craft or a teacher seeking ways to impart these. Among this eclectic group of essayists are two Vermont poets-laureate as well as many poets with award-winning books and national prizes. Our commonality amongst them is their love of Vermont - its readers and writers, its landscapes and values - and their desire to communicate through poetic means.
Their essays here emphasize the importance of poetic craft - the sounds and cadences that make the poem’s content come alive; the vivid images that created a sensate world in which the poem exists; the metaphorical connections that clarify or augment what readers cannot sometimes access directly; the shape of lines and stanzas that provide a visible, almost tangible pattern on which the words are strung. While Vermont Poets and Their Craft is a partly local affair, discussing Vermont poems and poetic concepts that resonate for writers here in the Green Mountains, it reflects ideas about poetic craft that come down to us from several thousand years ago and several thousand miles away.
Featuring Partridge Boswell, David Budbill, Stephen Cramer, Greg Delanty, Chard DeNiord, Mary Jane Dickerson, Tamra Higgins, Pamela Harrison, Geof Hewitt, David Huddle, Didi Jackson, Major Jackson, Sydney Lea, Neil Shepard, Diana Whitney, Baron Wormser, and Martha Zweig.