Reflecting Pool

Poets and the Creative Process

Edited by Laurence Carr

Subjects: Poetry, New York/regional, Composition And Rhetoric Studies
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9781930337985, 172 pages, July 2018

Table of contents

Foreword by David Appelbaum, Founder of Codhill Press

Introduction by Laurence Carr, Editor

Essays and Poems by Hudson Valley Poets, Mentors, Workshop Leaders and Editors

Suzanne Cleary

Pauline Uchmanowicz

Carol Graser

Corey Brown

Judith Saunders

Kate Hymes

Celia Bland

Lucia Cherciu

Jan Zlotnik Schmidt

Mike Jurkovic

Susan Chute

Dennis Doherty

Molly McGlennen

Raphael Kosek

Claire Hero

Robert Waugh

Ted Millar

Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Anne Gorrick

Katharyn Howd Machan

Lea Graham

Margo Taft Stever

Joann Deiudicibus

Laurence Carr

Appendix: Reading Poems Aloud
Author Biographies

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.