"Much more than a guidebook to writing and revising poems, this manual has all the
comforts and merits of an enlightening conversation with a wise, patient friend, one
willing to share everything he's learned about the art he spent a lifetime learning.
Ted Kooser offers tools, insights, and instructions (and warnings against
instructions). Using examples from his own rich literary oeuvre and from the work
of a number of successful contemporary poets, he schools us in the critical
relationship between poet and reader, which is fundamental to what he believes is
poetry's ultimate purpose: to reach other people and touch their hearts."