Strange Terrain, by Alice B. Fogel
Strange Terrai: A Poetry Handbook for the Reluctant Reader
by Alice B. Fogel.
In November 2013, Alice Fogel was named poet laureate of New Hampshire.
Strange Terrain fills an empty place. It is an essential resource for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable reading poetry: individuals, reading groups, teachers, even friends and families of poets. In eight simple steps, this award-winning poet and teacher offers readers the tools they need to make their own confident way through poetry's strange terrain.
Readers who have followed the steps of this guide carefully will not reach Step 8 feeling cheated because they still don't have a formula for unlocking every poetry secret. Rather, armed with knowledge of how a poem's shape, words, sound, images, emotions, thoughts, and literary devices work to build, communicate, and deepen the mystery, readers are likely to sigh with relief that there still is plenty in poetry to wonder about, to feel but not articulate, to sense but not say. -- From the Foreword by Brock Dethier, Director, Utah State University Writing Program
Fogel has taught reading, writing, and other arts programs for all ages in a variety of venues, from colleges to clubs, primary schools to summer institutes. A co-founder of the New Hampshire Young Writers Conference, she has presented programs through arts and humanities councils, at the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, and elsewhere.