Review: Ralph Fletcher’s Poetry Matters

Review: Ralph Fletcher’s Poetry Matters

Ralph Fletcher’s Poetry Matters is one of the best books on writing poetry for poets of any age. Packed with examples of student writing and words of wisdom from poet interviews, the book provides a step-by-step guide to feeling, writing, and editing poetry.

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Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher

Here’s a quote from the book that offers a taste of Fletcher’s witty and down-to-earth writing style: 

“Maybe you've heard before that poetry is magic, and it made you roll your eyes, but I believe it's true. Poetry matters. At the most important moments, when everyone else is silent, poetry rises to speak.” 

Such words of wisdom are common throughout each chapter.

The chapters are arranged in order, progressing from the emotional inspiration behind poetry through crafting vivid imagery to using sounds and forms to shape the poems, and finally editing and publishing poetry. Each chapter contains many examples from students and published poets.

Not only does Fletcher’s book emphasize the profound power of poetry, it also speaks to the fun of writing and reading poetry. As such, this book is wonderful not only for aspiring authors but also for anyone who is burned out on poetry. If you have reluctant readers of poetry, Fletcher offers a humorous dive into poems. Be warned, though—this book will make you want to pick up a pen and write!

Poetry Matters is a wonderful book to add to your poetry shelf. It will refresh you, offer a new perspective on writing or reading poetry and, above all, help you look at the world with fresh eyes.

Learn more about Ralph Fletcher on his website.

Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher

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