There are some books you just can’t forget. Poemcrazy was written in 1996 by poet and teacher Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. Honestly, I picked it up because I LOVE the cover. I could never call myself a poet or even close. This book, however, opens the writing of poetry up in such an intimate mind blowing manner that even I feel like I could write a few lines that I might love. This is poetry for the average person but there is nothing average about the way Wooldridge tells a story.
Poemcrazy is in its 26th printing. Wooldridge has taught poetry in schools, prisons, on the street, in art programs and in homeless shelters. She offers free poetry programs at public libraries throughout the state of California. Oh if we could only get her to travel to Pennsylvania! The subjects of this book are the downtrodden, the challenged, those labelled as problems at home and in school. They are you and me – people who are drawn to images and beauty. What I fell in love with is the way with words, Wooldridge guides us new poets to larger versions of ourselves – versions that expand on individuality, experience and wisdom.
This is a book for those of you who love words; the way they sound, the way they flow together, the images they create. I would put it in the category of books like Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, and Annie Lamott’s Bird By Bird. Although written on the fine art of writing, you do not have to be a writer to enjoy these books!
What I most loved about this book is that it gives me tools to both notice my life more deeply and ways to connect words to those feelings. Life seems more vibrant seen through these lens.
I love this book so much that I decided it would be fun to meet with others to play with some of the word activities Wooldridge describes. We are meeting at the Bookshop on November 2nd at 6:30 pm. There are a few more seats available for this program so if it appeals to you call and reserve your spot: 610 458-1144. The cost is $10.
Staff of Wellington Square Book Shop