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A Slow Flash of Light

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An Anthology of Poems about Poetry

Compiled by Jack Collom
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You might think that an anthology of poems about poetry could not be fascinating—until you read this one. A Slow Flash of Light was assembled by poet-teacher Jack Collom, who over a 25-year period gave his students surprising and inspiring ways to write poems about poetry. Collom’s students came from various socio-economic backgrounds, ranged in age from first grade through twelfth, and lived in big cities such as New York and in rural towns such as Salmon, Idaho.  But amidst all these differences, the wonderful thing is that  great many of these young writers had one thing in common: personal and illuminating visions of poetry, visions that are fresh and sometimes dazzlingly original. From the third grader who described poetry as “a dangerous associated system that I love” to the fourth grader’s “Poetry is like the alphabet all talking at once” to the sixth grader’s “Poetry is all-colored and turned-around and overlapping” to the high schooler’s “You write with / a pencil tip bending lines / into your thoughts,” the 200 poems in this anthology offer a source of pleasure and inspiration to anyone who likes poetry, and an entertaining invitation to those who don’t—yet. 

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ISBN 978-0-915924-30-1 (Kindle edition)
ISBN 978-0-915924-78-3 (ePub edition)

Dictionary of Wordplay, The

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By Dave Morice 293 pp.

Grades: all ages
$19.95 paperback
$5.95 eBook

The Dictionary of Wordplay is the first dictionary of wordplay, ever. The more than 1,234 entries in Morice’s Dictionary range from the acrostic and the “exquisite corpse” to palindromes, spoonerisms, and anagrams. From these the reader moves on to such esoteric and fascinating forms as the timely neologism, the Goldwynism, the backward multiple charade, the Tom Swiftie, and the Seven Seas. An invaluable reference for teachers, writers, librarians, and language lovers everywhere, The Dictionary of Wordplay is also an endlessly enjoyable read. “Dave [Morice] is a word-wizard who invests the universe of puzzledom with a Newtonian elegance and dazzle.”—Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English

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ISBN 0-915-924-97-8 (Print Edition)
ISBN 978-0-915924-75-2 (Kindle Edition)
ISBN 978-0-915924-76-9 (ePub Edition)

Illuminations

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Great Writers on Writing

Edited by Christina Davis & Christopher Edgar 120 pp.

Grades: high school, university
$18.95 paperback

Illuminations is a dazzling behind-the-scenes look at the art of writing, with 55 thought-provoking passages by great writers from around the world and throughout history, including Dante, Sei Shonagon, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, Marina Tsvetaeva, Jorge Luis Borges, Edith Wharton, John Keats, Leo Tolstoy, and Virginia Woolf. Each passage is accompanied by a stunning (and seldom seen) image of the author. Inspired by the popular “Illuminations” series in Teachers & Writers magazine, this is a great book to motivate students with; to give to those who share a passion for writing; or to keep close at hand, just for yourself. Includes a complete list of sources.

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ISBN 0-915924-68-4

Old Faithful

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18 Writers Present Their Favorite Writing Assignments

Edited by Christopher Edgar & Ron Padgett 160 pp.

Grades: all ages
$16.95 paperback

In this popular book, 18 creative writers describe their single best writing assignment, the one that never fails to inspire their students to tell and dramatize stories; to write autobiographical pieces, fiction, poetry, and plays; or to become interested in wordplay and oral history. The essays fully describe strategies for adaption with students of all ages and abilities. The variety of approaches is unified by the respectful, engaged, and sympathetic attitude of the contributors—and by the enthusiastic response of their students. “Highly recommended.”—Kliatt

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ISBN 0-915924-45-5

Secret Writing

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Keys to the Mysteries of Reading and Writing

By Peter Sears 180 pp.

Grades: high school, university
$14.95 paperback

Secret Writing is a fascinating study of the nature of codes. Beginning with the word game Hangman, and proceeding to discuss Egyptian hieroglyphs, prehistoric cave paintings, military codes, the surprising sense of nonsense, and difficult literature as a code to crack, Secret Writing brims with excitement. Peter Sears also provides 200 thinking and writing exercises.

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ISBN 0-915924-86-2

Writing Workshop Vol 1, The

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How to Teach Creative Writing

By Alan Ziegler 175 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

In The Writing Workshop, Alan Ziegler offers teachers and aspiring writers strategies for developing constructive workshop environments. Volume 1 discusses the writing process and the teacher’s relationship with student writers. “No other book on writing combines theory and practice so well. Useful, even indispensable, at every grade level, for teaching writing.”—Herbert Kohl

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ISBN 0-915924-11-0

Writing Workshop Vol 2, The

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How to Teach Creative Writing

By Alan Ziegler 274 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

In The Writing Workshop, Alan Ziegler offers teachers and aspiring writers strategies for developing constructive workshop environments. Volume 2 offers a compendium of writing assignments, with advice on presentation and variations. “No other book on writing combines theory and practice so well. Useful, even indispensable, at every grade level, for teaching writing.”—Herbert Kohl

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ISBN 0-915924-07-2