"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

diane_lockwardThis week, meet Diane Lockward, author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2013) and three poetry books, most recently Temptation by Water. Her previous books are What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve’s Red Dress. A new poetry collection, The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement, is scheduled for publication in 2015. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Against Perfection and Greatest Hits: 1997-2010. Her poems have been included in such anthologies as Poetry Daily: 360 Poems from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website and Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems for Hard Times, and in such journals as Harvard Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Gwarlingo, and The Writer’s Almanac. She is the Poet Laureate of West Caldwell, New Jersey, where she runs two annual poetry events: The West Caldwell Poetry Festival and Girl Talk. She publishes a free monthly e-mail Poetry Newsletter and is happy to have new subscribers.

She blogs at Blogalicious, http://www.dianelockward.blogspot, and keeps a website at www.dianelockward.com.

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For information about The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop


Description: The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop is a poetry tutorial to inform and inspire poets. It contains model poems with prompts, writing tips, and interviews contributed by fifty-six poets, including thirteen former and current state Poets Laureate. An additional forty-five poets contributed sample poems. Geared for experienced poets and aspiring poets, this book is ideal for individual use at home or group use in the classroom or workshop.

Review by Lynn Domina


Review by Christine Veladota


Comments from readers:

I LOVE the poet interviews sprinkled in with the craft tips. These alone are worth the price of the book. I highly, highly recommend it to any poet writing today. It brings forth much fruit! Do go and secure a copy immediately. (C.A. LaRue)

Here is a must for teachers of poetry. . . a feast of poems and instructions. (Grace Cavalieri)

Sample Bonus Prompt


Sample Prompt with model poem


Happy Reading—and Writing!




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