Best Audience: Writers of all forms who want to bring a more poetic slant to their work as well as wordsmiths who work in any form and want to expand their play with language
I picked up Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge after an hour or so perusing the writing section at my local bookstore in search of inspiration. I was frustrated with my more often than not bland choice in wording in my fiction. I was looking to jar loose whatever it was the kept limiting my language as I wrote. Wooldridge set me on the right path.
Poemcrazy is one of those books you can pick up, flip open to any page, and gain insight, inspiration, or at least relief from whatever plagues your writing mind in any given moment. I’ve often done just that when I’ve found myself feeling stuck in whatever I’m working on, both fiction and non-fiction alike. I love Wooldridge’s language. It is, in an obvious word, poetic. Her way of being in the world speaks soundly to what it’s like to be an artist in this world, often seeing things in a playful or slightly off-kilter way. Each chapter includes at least one short creative essay, story, or poem around a specific point accompanied by at least one practice. I’ve used Wooldridge’s exercises with writing students off an on through the years. They never fail to open students (and me!) to a new perspective. More often than not, that’s enough to get the words flowing in wonderful directions.
I recommend Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge to writers and students of writing who want to spin their stories with greater poetetic licence.
Bottom Line: Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words by Susan Goldmsith Wooldridge has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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