Book Review: Ordinary Genius, A Guide for the Poet Within

Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within by Kim Addonizio

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Honestly, I found Kim Addonizio’s book fascinating. I had very little knowledge of what made good or bad poetry before reading this. For example, I never knew the rhythm underneath the iambic pentameter and many more complex meters. Am I a poet? No. But I do want to appreciate it more, and I enjoy writing it, even for pleasure. Much of what Kim covers can be adapted to my creative writing—which I study—pursuits.

This book is a must-read for those curious about writing poetry, or like me, who wanted to have more than a superficial understanding of the craft before turning in a long poem for my writing class; after reading this book, you will have quite the sophisticated understanding of how poetry works. It is worth buying!

The book is, also, replete with great examples. I do think even the most accomplished poets will enjoy this book.

I definitely recommend it to my fellow creatives, and anyone else who wants to get poetry.

Happy Reading,

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