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Poetry as Craft

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Presenters:  Pino Coluccio, Dean Rader, Nick Twenlow, Lisa Wells
Moderator:  Skip Renker

Just as we know that the act of reading poetry can be so different from that of reading a novel, so too is the act of writing poetry. The craft has a vocabulary unto itself. It directly traces its roots to the days when humans used to share stories in song or spoken verse. It strikes some uncanny balance between lyricism and utility. For better or for worse, many readers consider poetry to be more challenging to read. Based on some vague recollection of one high school poetry class, many mistakenly believe that they either don't understand or don't like it. And yet, it is a form constantly able to reinvent itself. So how is the process of crafting poetry different from that of writing anything else? From where do poets draw inspiration? What do they read for education? What do they read for entertainment? Do they practice reading their work aloud? And how would they convince someone to give poetry a try?