Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry

 

Edited by Dorothea Lasky, Dominic Luxford, and Jesse Nathan
Poets in the World series editor: Ilya Kaminsky, director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute

Copublished by McSweeney’s Books, this selection of essays, interviews, and lesson plans gathers the best thinking about how we can impart the value and joy of poetry to kids.

The essays in the first section—from Matthea Harvey, Ron Padgett, William Stafford, Eileen Myles, Theodore Roethke, and many others—illuminate the importance of poetry to a well-rounded education, in and out of traditional classroom settings. The next section is a roundtable conversation among a handful of creative men and women who’ve helped set up or run poetry education centers around the United States. In the book’s final segment, award-winning poets offer an array of brilliant lesson plans for people teaching poetry to kids of all ages.

Open the Door will be useful for first-time and veteran teachers, as well as anyone else with an interest in poetry’s place in the lives of our younger citizens.

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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