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Imagine being a young poet, nurturing your craft without the benefit of established mentors. Imagine having never been in a class taught by a woman poet or not having a bookshelf filled with books written by living women poets. Luckily, young women poets today don’t have to. Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker’s Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections collects bo ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by University Of Iowa Press
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Stephanie
Feb 14, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this collection and was introduced to a number of writers I plan on reading more of. I was a little disappointed that so few of the authors discussed what Mentorship even means to them, or how they chose their subject: many wrote of an author they may have only had one bed encounter with, which left ample room to discuss how female mentorship may differ from the traditional/masculine, but this was generally left unsaid in favor of biography, praises of the mentor, etc. Having re ...more
Nina
Oct 30, 2012 Nina rated it really liked it
Greenberg and Zucker have put together an innovative collection of essays by female poets (born after 1960) explaining how being mentored by a woman has impacted their work. Each essay is followed by poems from both the essay author and the poet she cites as having influenced her. It is evident from reading the poems that being mentored does not result in copycat poetry. There is a wide range of poetic styles and “camps.”

Many of the 24 poets share the frustration of believing their writing was s
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JSA Lowe
May 13, 2012 JSA Lowe rated it liked it
A surprising number of these "mentor" relationships occurred between young poets who never met their mentors, or knew them only very distantly. This seems...odd to me. The writing is at times compelling, but it's hard to see how they can claim these older writers as mentors in any but the loosest sense of the word (and in the worst case, the younger writer's attention seems almost creepy). I enjoyed it anyway.
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Arielle Greenberg is the author of My Kafka Century (Action Books, 2005) and Given (Verse Press, 2002), along with the chapbooks Shake Her (Dusie Kollektiv, edited and made by Jen Hofer, 2009) and Farther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials (New Michigan Press, 2003). Her poems have appeared in journals including the American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse and Am ...more
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