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A Poet's Sourcebook
Writings about Poetry, from the Ancient World to the Present
Dawn Potter, ed.




Autumn House
2013 • 360 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry Anthologies

$34.95 Paperback, 978-1-932870-77-0
$9.99 Ebook, 978-1-932870-89-3

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“The] personal connection to the writers and their works chosen for this text is one of the book's strengths. The connections between the poets' work... [continued in Reviews below]”—Jason Carney, Poet’s Quarterly

Potter's anthology is a wealth of knowledge on three thousand years' worth of perspectives on poetry writing and offers a personalized history of the poetic craft.

A collection of writings about poetry from both ancient and contemporary writers including Homer, Plato, Aristotle, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Ezra Pound, Philip Levine, Adrienne Rich, Gary Snyder, and Rita Dove.

Reviews / Endorsements

“[The] personal connection to the writers and their works chosen for this text is one of the book's strengths. The connections between the poets' work and their thoughts on said work, regardless of century or millennium, shows a direct correlation between writing and the soul, writing and dreams, and most importantly writing and a universal truth for the collective and the individual...This text is a great tool for anyone writing a research paper or looking to expand a knowledge base in the arena of poetry. A Poet's Sourcebook and Dawn Potter's love of the writers and poets presented will surely leave an indelible impression on most anyone who comes across it.”—Jason Carney, Poet’s Quarterly

“This anthology is…one reader’s record of the long human need to make poetry. For no matter how distant in time those individuals have become, reading about that need, in both their own words and the words of others, keeps our relationship with them intimate and immediate.”—Dawn Potter



Dawn is the author or editor of seven books of prose and poetry. Same Old Story, her most recent poetry collection, was a nominee for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry. Her memoir, Tracing Paradise: Two Years in Harmony with John Milton, won the 2010 Maine Literary Award in Nonfiction, and she has also received grants and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Writer's Center, and the Maine Arts Commission. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Sewanee Review, the Threepenny Review, and many other journals in the United States and abroad.

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