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**BookSense 76 Pick
**New York Library Outstanding Book for Teens, 1997
In Poemcrazy, Susan Wooldridge invites us into a realm where poetry is accessible, where poems are moments of discovery that often arrive unexpectedly--in parking lots, at the grocery store, on walks--and make our ordinary lives extraordinary.
A poetteacher in the California Poets in the Schools program, Wooldridge starts us off playing with language. First, she shows how to create "wordpools," helping us see we're all immersed in an ocean of words we use, but largely ignore. We learn to create images, begin to develop metaphor, and gradually move into "dream sense" where we can explore who we are in poems that carry us to deeper levels within.
Wooldridge helps us find our own poems by sharing the stories of how she and others discover theirs. Through delightful and often amusing vignettes of her own life and experience as a writer, Wooldridge shows some of the possibilities words and images create. In practice sessions throughout the book, Wooldridge loosens us up with language and demonstrates how to craft poems using a poet's tools such as journal writing, imagery, comparison, exaggeration, awareness of detail, and playful juxtaposition.