Poets and the Creative Process
Both an anthology and an informal textbook that features poetry and essays by twenty-five New York State poets.
Reflecting Pool is an innovative volume of poetry and essays by twenty-five New York State poets who teach the writing of poetry, run poetry workshops, and publish the poetry of others. The book is both a poetry anthology and an informal textbook, with contributing essays by each poet that offers the reader personal insights and opinions about how poetry is created, crafted, and presented. Included are a wide array of prompts and exercises that these mentors use in their classes and workshops to stimulate the creative process in poets of all ages. Also added are basic ideas about how poets can best present their work in public readings. The book can be used as the focus for symposiums on teaching the writing of poetry as well as a textbook for high school and college students, adult and senior writers, and for those who run poetry workshops or reading series.
Laurence Carr teaches creative and dramatic writing at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the author of Threnodies: Poems in Remembrance, Pancake Hollow Primer: A Hudson Valley Story and The Wytheport Tales, the coeditor (with Jan Zlotnik Schmidt) of A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, the coeditor (with Joann Deiudicibus, Penny Freel, and Rachel Rigolino) of WaterWrites: A Hudson River Anthology in Celebration of the Hudson 400, and the editor of Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, all published by Codhill Press.