How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry


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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Adam Sol is an award-winning poet, writer, and teacher. He has published four collections of poetry, including Crowd of Sounds, which won Ontario's Trillium Book Award. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife, Rabbi Yael Splansky, and their three sons.


"This unassuming book provides a great public service -- it removes the shroud of mystery that hovers between too many readers and the world of poetry ... Sol deserves to be read widely and freely; his humble witness to the simple art of reading may be this book's most important gift. Libraries should have multiple copies." -- Library Journal Starred Review
"Going beyond the question of what poems mean, Sol investigates how they work -- how they elicit emotion, provide or withhold information, and construct memorable images. His selections, largely derived from his time as a juror for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize, tend toward the relatively lesser-known, making this survey equally worthwhile for beginners who can learn from Sol's instruction and for more seasoned readers who will delight in the new discoveries contained within." -- Publishers Weekly
"One wants to reread the poems, linger over Sol's arguments ... How a Poem Moves certainly revealed exciting new work to this reader of contemporary poetry, and it evinces the dizzying numbers and varieties of poems produced in North America today. We need more of this kind of thing, and Sol's project might move more of us to make public our readings as much as poets make public their poems." -- Quill & Quire
"Sol is particularly sensitive to the value of the as-yet-undefined, since giving voice to the contradictory is poetry's principal strength ... But his greatest skill is in underlining the potency of aural effects: He is always on the lookout for alliteration, assonance and consonance, for hidden rhymes and barely-there metres ... This is truly a welcoming book -- at once an educational snapshot of the contemporary literary scene and a useful example of how to teach for educators themselves." -- Globe and Mail
"It provides a gateway for some of us to discover a new pleasure, and others of us to take a closer look at the poetry we love." -- Toronto Star