Craft-talk: On Writing Poetry
Frederick Smock



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Craft-talk: On Writing Poetry
ISBN 978-1-893239-78-4.
121 pages.   $12.00.

In short essays that are themselves lyric, Frederick Smock gathers his own insights on the craft of poetry, as well as nuggets from other practitioners past and present. A consummate poet himself, an exacting editor of poetry in The American Voice for fifteen years, and one of Kentucky’s most effective teachers of the craft, who better to enrich the ongoing conversation about what a poem is, and how to make one?  Pleasureful and useful, Craft-talk, in equal measures, instructs, delights, and inspires.
--- Jane Gentry Vance, Kentucky poet laureate
Craft-talk deserves a place on the bedside table so that a poet may awaken more fully by reading one of Smock’s useful ‘homilies.’ Each of Smock’s brief lessons on craft provides a poet with a richly packed bundle to unwrap and contemplate throughout the daily journey.
--- Kathleen Driskell 
Smock humbly deflects the designation of master teacher, but don’t let him fool you. With Rilke’s generosity and Kooser’s accessibility, he directs, prods, rescues, and illuminates the way -- like every good shepherd should.
--- Frank X Walker.