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Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out

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Maybe you've heard before that poetry is magic, and it made you roll your eyes, but I believe it's true. Poetry matters. At the most important moments, when everyone else is silent, poetry rises to speak.

I wrote this book to help you write poems and to give practical ideas for making your poems sound the way you want them to sound. We're not going to smash poems up into th
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 19th 2002 by HarperCollins
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Marianna Monaco
Aug 17, 2013 Marianna Monaco rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
for young writers and for me too
a sample:
Dawn picks
bits of dark
from between
the blades of grass . . .
The Reading Countess
Jun 25, 2010 The Reading Countess rated it really liked it
Shelves: professional
I had to request this book from another library (none other than the Barbara Bush library!) but Fletcher didn't disappoint. Written in kid-friendly language, full of wonderful poetry examples, and complete with interviews of current poets, Poetry Matters is a great book for both students and teachers alike. The common thread the poets said? Read! "Never write more than you read." Yes!

*()=my thoughts

"At the most important moments, when everyone else is silent, poetry rises to speak."
3 pillars of
Scott Smith
Jan 29, 2016 Scott Smith rated it liked it
Might be a nice how-to-write poetry book for young people who don't read much poetry...
Feb 24, 2011 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoyed this little book written to an audience of young (school age) writers. My favorite quote was a poem (imagine that!):

Please bury me in the library
In the clean, well-lighted stacks
Of Novels, History, Poetry
Right next to the Paperbacks,

Where the Kids’ Books dance
With True Romance
And the Dictionary dozes.

Please bury me in the library
With a dozen long-stemmed proses
Way back by a rack of Magazines.

I won’t be sad too often
If they bury me in the library
With Bookworms in my coffin.

J. Patric
Jul 25, 2008 Srb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-unit
I actually found this book when ordering a bunch of poetry books on, it came up as a book that might fit what I was looking for. I think it was a great addition to my collection for poetry to use with my 4th grade class.

The author discusses some important things to think about when looking at poetry. He offers some suggestions for poems that have helped him as he wrote his own collection.

The basis of the book is not to analyze poems by criteria. In fact, he quotes a student
Gabie Hannays
Sep 19, 2012 Gabie Hannays rated it really liked it
After finishing reading the book so far i love how the author would included many short poems that he puts in once or twice at every chapter. I am enjoying the book because i get to expand my mine on how to write poetry, i have always loved poetry and this books lets me know what are the things you need to write in a poet. He makes poetry interesting and fun to learn. Fletcher internal traits are very fragile because he's a very poor man who makes almost 20 dollars a week and its almost Christm ...more
Doutor Branco
Jun 16, 2014 Doutor Branco rated it really liked it
It is a special book for poetry writers and lovers. It is not a deep and complex book on the subject, actually I think that it touches only the surface of the subject, but is not without merit at all and deserve our reading and full attention.
Scott To
May 02, 2010 Scott To rated it really liked it
Poetry Matters, by Ralph Fletcher, is a educating book. This book taught me about poems and how to write them. I had very little experience with poetry before I read this book. I think that I'm going to look forward to looking at this authors books. The expression, Writing a poem from the inside out is a very true meaning.

I recommend this book to anyone who want's to learn more about poems and the different forms of poems. I've learned many forms of poems while reading this book. At the end of
Zoraida Rivera Morales
Ralph Fletcher wants kids to enjoy poetry, to know that poetry is a way to express what what they feel, to laugh and play. For him poetry is emotion, music, color. He shares many techniques that I think kids will enjoy experimenting with. This is a great book.
Mar 09, 2010 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for would-be poets of any age! Fletcher has included many short poems from both published and unpublished poets as well as interviews with 3 poets. Part 1 is entitled "Lighting the Spark" and part 2 is "Nurturing the Flame". The spark will make you want to read and write poetry and the flame will inspire you to keep working at it!
Jen Munnerlyn
Mar 08, 2009 Jen Munnerlyn marked it as to-read
This book has been ordered for the 2009-10 school year on the advice of Katherine Casey who led the NESA Literacy Coaching group meeting in Jordan in November, 2008.

As we develop a unit of study in poetry in the intermediate grades and enhance our work in the primary grades this book might be beneficial.
Mar 31, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Beth by: My daughter, Hannah
Shelves: poetry, writing
Excellent, practical, and inspiring. Mr. Fletcher may have written this with young, student poets in mind. But my grown-up self found a lot of value in this little book. I'll be sad when my daughter turns it back into her Reading teacher; so we'll have to buy our own copy!
Leslie Beers-huskins
Jan 05, 2014 Leslie Beers-huskins rated it it was amazing
Must have for writing teachers/students.
Oct 18, 2007 HeavyReader rated it liked it
Recommends it for: poets of all ages
This book is intended for young people (proabably in grades 4 through 8), but I think it could be helpful for adults too. I learned some new things and got some good tips on writing poetry.
Jan 10, 2009 Maggie rated it it was amazing
I'm reading this to my class in an attempt to understand 'how and why' poets write their poetry, so that we as readers of poetry are better equipped to analyze and interpret poems.
Laura Siegel
Feb 05, 2014 Laura Siegel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I usually don't enjoy "how-to" books but I loved this one. The author gives simple helpful tips and wonderful examples. He makes poetry seem like fun and worth a try.
Aug 07, 2007 Jone rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers and would be poets
I found this book at a New AGe bookstore of all places. I like the "secret tools" that Fletcher talks about in this book. It will be useful with my poetry club.
As with his other books, Fletcher makes writing approachable and fun for kids. And adults will learn a thing or two as well. (I did!)
Bridget R. Wilson
The most interesting thing about this book was the cover. If you want a poetry writing book for kids, read Prelutsky's.
Dec 09, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
This is a good book if you are a beginning poetry writer or want to learn about the basics of poetry.
Aug 16, 2011 Jimmy rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-writing
An excellent book for young writers. I use it in tutoring and it works very well.
Jun 30, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it
Another book by Ralph Fletcher that's great to use in the classroom.
10-11 Kathryn
Oct 18, 2010 10-11 Kathryn rated it it was ok
It was interesting and I learned so much about poetry!
Apr 21, 2012 Alexa rated it really liked it
Great insight on poetry! I think it'll help!
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Ralph Fletcher is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers includng Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers a ...more
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