Chasing The Muse
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
by Stephen Fry
The Ode Less Travelled
by Stephen Fry
reviewed by Kristin LaTour
Fry, a well-known actor and lesser known poet, brings a sense of humor and straightforwardness to this book on the basics of reading and writing poems. His book begins, "I have a dark and dreadful secret. I write poetry." He goes on to give three "golden rules" to reading poems, and playfully asks readers to tick off a box agreeing with the rules. This sets the tone for what will be the most painless lessons in poetry.
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Kristin LaTour has been a member of NWG since 2003 and recently finished an MFA in creative writing poetry. In addition to being a poet, she teaches English at Joliet Jr. College. Her writing philosophy is that one must practice writing just like a musical instrument. It takes time, patience, help, study and constant practice. And it also takes an appreciation for the craft. What musician doesn't listen to the music of others? What novelist doesn't like to read novels? Poets should be reading poetry by old masters and up-and-comers. Her poems have appeared in the journals Pearl, Rambunctious Review, and After Hours. Her chapbook, "Town Limits: Red Beaver Lake, Minnesota," is available from Pudding House Press with excerpts on her website.
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