Category Archives: Reading for Writing

What is Poetry?

This week, The New York Times Book Review ran an article titled “Gloria Steinem: By the Book,” in which they quote from her memoir My Life on the Road . Most of her reading, these days, she reports, is of poetry. “If you poured water on a great poem,” Steinem writes, “you would get a novel.”…Continue Reading

Embedded in The Dogs of Babel: A Useful Writing Tool

This article first appeared in Writing It Real in 2003. It contains one of my favorite “reading for writing” lessons. I hope you will enjoy reading about the book The Dogs of Babel and doing the exercise I propose for your own writing. On my vacation this year along the shores of Lake Michigan, I…Continue Reading