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From the acclaimed "HOW Series" of books Poetry can transform: How can a poem transform a life? Could poetry change the world? In How Poetry Can Change Your Heart, spoken-word stars Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley roll out the welcome mat and prove that poetry is for everyone. Whether lapsed poetry lovers, aspiring poets, or total novices, readers will learn to uncover From the acclaimed "HOW Series" of books Poetry can transform: How can a poem transform a life? Could poetry change the world? In How Poetry Can Change Your Heart, spoken-word stars Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley roll out the welcome mat and prove that poetry is for everyone. • Whether lapsed poetry lovers, aspiring poets, or total novices, readers will learn to uncover verse in unexpected places, find their way through a poem when they don't quite "get it," and discover just how transformative poetry can be. • Andrea Gibson is a leading voice in spoken-word poetry, headlining prestigious performance venues internationally. Megan Falley is a National Poetry Slam finalist and creator of the online writing course "Poems That Don't Suck." Fans of Andrea Gibson's Lord of the Butterflies and Take Me With You, and Megan Falley's Drive Here and Devastate Me will love taking a deeper dive into the inspiring power of poetry. Discover or re-discover the magic that is poetry. • A gorgeous and inspiring gift for any fan of the written word • Will become a go-to volume for poetry writers and readers


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From the acclaimed "HOW Series" of books Poetry can transform: How can a poem transform a life? Could poetry change the world? In How Poetry Can Change Your Heart, spoken-word stars Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley roll out the welcome mat and prove that poetry is for everyone. Whether lapsed poetry lovers, aspiring poets, or total novices, readers will learn to uncover From the acclaimed "HOW Series" of books Poetry can transform: How can a poem transform a life? Could poetry change the world? In How Poetry Can Change Your Heart, spoken-word stars Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley roll out the welcome mat and prove that poetry is for everyone. • Whether lapsed poetry lovers, aspiring poets, or total novices, readers will learn to uncover verse in unexpected places, find their way through a poem when they don't quite "get it," and discover just how transformative poetry can be. • Andrea Gibson is a leading voice in spoken-word poetry, headlining prestigious performance venues internationally. Megan Falley is a National Poetry Slam finalist and creator of the online writing course "Poems That Don't Suck." Fans of Andrea Gibson's Lord of the Butterflies and Take Me With You, and Megan Falley's Drive Here and Devastate Me will love taking a deeper dive into the inspiring power of poetry. Discover or re-discover the magic that is poetry. • A gorgeous and inspiring gift for any fan of the written word • Will become a go-to volume for poetry writers and readers

30 review for How Poetry Can Change Your Heart

  1. 4 out of 5

    Celia Buell

    Free in exchange for an honest review, via Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you to Chronicle Books for listing. I'm not going to say this book has changed my life, but I think that's mostly because poetry already has. I am a writer and poet at heart, and I've been writing poetry for more than six years now. I agreed with most of what Megan Falley and Andrea Gibson said in this guide, and none of it was really anything I didn't know. I did like the contrast in the early part of the book between the Free in exchange for an honest review, via Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you to Chronicle Books for listing. I'm not going to say this book has changed my life, but I think that's mostly because poetry already has. I am a writer and poet at heart, and I've been writing poetry for more than six years now. I agreed with most of what Megan Falley and Andrea Gibson said in this guide, and none of it was really anything I didn't know. I did like the contrast in the early part of the book between the poetry everyone learns in school, and the way poetry can be seen by everyone. I think the part that resonated with me the most, though, was the writing tips. Although most of them are things I know and do sometimes, I don't do them regularly, and some of them were things I didn't really even think about. For instance, poetry from lists is something I've often done at poetry workshops, but it's never something I try to do at home or with my own writing. I somewhat disagree with the statement that "Writer's block is make-believe and many times used as an excuse to be lazy..." (115), but I think the authors did have a point when saying that one way to combat this is to write every day. This is also something I need to put into practice more. I understand why the book was so small, but I wish some of the chapters were a little longer. Some of them kind of left me hanging, wanting to know more about poetry in general, and the way it is seen through different eyes. They touch on this briefly, but I wish there was more about the ways people experience poetry throughout the world. This is definitely a book I want to keep around. It's a useful guide for when I'm stuck, and I hope having it will encourage me to write more and also read and appreciate more poetry.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Coco Peezy

    Instantly fills your heart up!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I swear, these scars can pick locks. One day all your survival attempts are gonna free somebody so say it with me: I give myself permission to exist in my own body. Connor Martins This Is Slam and We Do “I swear, these scars — can pick locks. One day all your survival attempts are gonna free somebody so say it with me: I give myself permission to exist in my own body.” Connor Martin’s This Is Slam and We Do

  4. 5 out of 5

    chantel nouseforaname

    As a person who loves poetry, this was just a beautiful short piece to read about the ways that poetry can enhance your life. I really want to get back into writing this year in 2020. So this was a great way to end/open up the year. It gave me a lot of hope and this served it's purpose perfectly.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angie Ebba

    Would be great for a HS classroom or someone who isnt a writer already. Had some good excepts I will use in my classroom. Would be great for a HS classroom or someone who isn’t a writer already. Had some good excepts I will use in my classroom.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    It was pink and it was poetry and it was displayed just so at the bookstore. Impulse purchase, 1. Ginger, 0. The best part about this slim little volume is the pretty pink lineny cover. Inside. Meh.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Manno

    Even though it isnt necessarily ground-breaking or special or anything, 4 stars because of the following reasons. Landed in my life at just the right time. Helped me understand poetry a bit more because Ive been feeling like an imbecile since reading a poetry collection yesterday. Made me smile at many points with its clever writing. Rekindled my enthusiasm for writing. Shared some lovely poems I wouldnt have been otherwise exposed to. Got me excited to read Gibsons poetry (and other poetry). Even though it isn’t necessarily ground-breaking or special or anything, 4 stars because of the following reasons. Landed in my life at just the right time. Helped me understand poetry a bit more because I’ve been feeling like an imbecile since reading a poetry collection yesterday. Made me smile at many points with its clever writing. Rekindled my enthusiasm for writing. Shared some lovely poems I wouldn’t have been otherwise exposed to. Got me excited to read Gibson’s poetry (and other poetry). Read it all in one sitting.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Preston Stell

    This is an important book for modern day poetry. Im actually shocked Ive never heard of a book like this before. Gibson and Falley could inspire anyone through their little primer here. If you are interested in poetry this book is for you, as it was for me. If you have a little interest in poetry...this book is also for you. And finally, if you have no interest in poetry, then this book was written with you in mind. Falley and Gibson will make a convert of you yet. This is an important book for modern day poetry. I’m actually shocked I’ve never heard of a book like this before. Gibson and Falley could inspire anyone through their little primer here. If you are interested in poetry this book is for you, as it was for me. If you have a little interest in poetry...this book is also for you. And finally, if you have no interest in poetry, then this book was written with you in mind. Falley and Gibson will make a convert of you yet.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Hilliard

    This book is precious, the physical book, it is precious with its pink pages and grey (yes, grey not black) font and lovingly simple layout. But if you're hardcore into poetry and looking for some inspriation to get back into the game, the words simply don't jive. I have a feeling I'm much too cynical to be in this target audience. High school students, young ladies fresh out of college feeling a little lost, this might be for you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Agnes

    Inspirational and personal, the kind of book to give to the people you love.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Short and sweet informative essay of how to (1) enjoy poetry, (2) become more aware of/open to the poetic details of life, and (3) begin writing your own poetry. Last year, I finally found the poet who speaks to me, heart and soul. So there were several points made by Gibson and Falley that had me screaming along in agreement. Anyone on the poetry-adoration scale can (and should) read this and give poetry a shot!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    What a gem! Is poetry part of your life? Do you want to learn more about poetry? What is poetry? Where is poetry? What can poetry do? How can you find poetry you like? How can you determine if poetry is good? Do you want to write poetry? Is poetry for you? This little book answers these questions and inspires you to ask more. Poetry is using a few words to describe an idea, a thought, a sense, an observation, a vision. It can be silly or deep, minute or epic, rhyme or verse, written or out loud. What a gem! Is poetry part of your life? Do you want to learn more about poetry? What is poetry? Where is poetry? What can poetry do? How can you find poetry you like? How can you determine if poetry is good? Do you want to write poetry? Is poetry for you? This little book answers these questions and inspires you to ask more. Poetry is using a few words to describe an idea, a thought, a sense, an observation, a vision. It can be silly or deep, minute or epic, rhyme or verse, written or out loud. It can describe happiness, grief, pain, passion, loss, love, nothing, everything. Poetry is everywhere. Open your mind, eyes, and ears and allow poetry into your heart. As expressed in the book: "Poetry is the pen-and-paper version of paying wondrous attention." "Awe creates poetry. Poetry creates awe."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Sloss

    This is an excellent getting-to-know poetry book. I would recommend it to those who resist and those who have begun to embrace poetry. It's an awesome resource for a teacher to have just a little more ammunition to win over those who think they hate poetry. Great book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    If my bookshelf was on fire and I was only able to save one book, it would be this one. Probably.

  15. 5 out of 5

    emma

    So so lovely and accessible.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah F.

    For those new to and/or curious about poetry, this is a lovely, succinct guide to reading and writing poetry, why it matters, and why it's not just for those walking the hallowed halls of academia. For those of us experienced in reading and/or writing poetry, it reinvigorates both practices. If you've been struggling to write, it's a wonderful, helpful kick in the pants with plenty of advice and practices. There's also an extensive bibliography if you're looking for something new to read. For For those new to and/or curious about poetry, this is a lovely, succinct guide to reading and writing poetry, why it matters, and why it's not just for those walking the hallowed halls of academia. For those of us experienced in reading and/or writing poetry, it reinvigorates both practices. If you've been struggling to write, it's a wonderful, helpful kick in the pants with plenty of advice and practices. There's also an extensive bibliography if you're looking for something new to read. For those whose interest is piqued, I recommend it, with one caveat, discussed below. The one downside is that some may find the text of the print book hard to read due to the color of the paper and text (mostly metallic text on pink paper, sometimes pink text on metallic paper). Some may experience a lack of contrast, and the print will be a bit small for some. If you have visual difficulties, I recommend the Kindle Edition, where you should be able to adjust the text size to fit your needs and the contrast issues would be removed.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Freesiab (Bookish Review)

    This book was so fun, informative and really unique. First, its a great little quick start guide to what poetry really is, why its important and how it really impacts us every day! If this wasnt enough in roughly 100 pages, it also better explains the basic key concepts of the structures of poetry and various formats with easy examples that anyone can identify to. Going one step further it shows you how to open your own mind to writing poetry. Thats exciting to me! Poetic expression is so This book was so fun, informative and really unique. First, it’s a great little quick start guide to what poetry really is, why it’s important and how it really impacts us every day! If this wasn’t enough in roughly 100 pages, it also better explains the basic key concepts of the structures of poetry and various formats with easy examples that anyone can identify to. Going one step further it shows you how to open your own mind to writing poetry. That’s exciting to me! Poetic expression is so important because it does change the world, and it really can change hearts. I believe that. It will give you some great examples, like Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. We all have voices that can carry powerful messages when we use them. This amazing little book can help you lift that voice! Thank you too @chroniclebooks for another fantastic publication and the opportunity to read and review it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara Hunt

    A simple book that explores poetry and its different formats. There wasn't much new information in this book but it was written in a way that made it seem fresh and easily understandable. I personally picked up a few useful tips from reading this book. As a poetry writer who struggles with health issues I find writing isn't always easy but this book felt inspiring and made me want to write again. You can tell this book is written by people who enjoy and practice the craft of poetry. Both Megan A simple book that explores poetry and its different formats. There wasn't much new information in this book but it was written in a way that made it seem fresh and easily understandable. I personally picked up a few useful tips from reading this book. As a poetry writer who struggles with health issues I find writing isn't always easy but this book felt inspiring and made me want to write again. You can tell this book is written by people who enjoy and practice the craft of poetry. Both Megan and Andrea are remarkable poets in their own right and that was a joy to read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rania

    I'll admit, when this book first came in the mail, my immediate thought was "Where is the rest of it?". I had pictured the book to be a lot bigger but that's not to say it wasn't a good book. ☆ This book was great and as someone who writes poetry herself, this just made the perfect read. ☆ For those of you who want to get into poetry or already write poetry, this is definitely the book for you. It's great even if you're curious about poetry. There are a couple of tips sprinkled across the book I'll admit, when this book first came in the mail, my immediate thought was "Where is the rest of it?". I had pictured the book to be a lot bigger but that's not to say it wasn't a good book. ☆ This book was great and as someone who writes poetry herself, this just made the perfect read. ☆ For those of you who want to get into poetry or already write poetry, this is definitely the book for you. It's great even if you're curious about poetry. There are a couple of tips sprinkled across the book that really make you think and view poetry in a different light which I absolutely loved!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Catherine T

    An excellent guide to appreciating poetry, especially if you were forced to analyse it in school with all the pretentiousness and formula that usually comes with it. I also liked the tips for writing, which occasionally I'll need as a jump start. Only one problem with the book, and that's the color of the pages and writing. It's a light brown on pink, or a light pink on brown in alternating pages, and if your lighting isn't perfect, or your eyesight isn't sharpshooter amazing, there may be An excellent guide to appreciating poetry, especially if you were forced to analyse it in school with all the pretentiousness and formula that usually comes with it. I also liked the tips for writing, which occasionally I'll need as a jump start. Only one problem with the book, and that's the color of the pages and writing. It's a light brown on pink, or a light pink on brown in alternating pages, and if your lighting isn't perfect, or your eyesight isn't sharpshooter amazing, there may be trouble actually reading the book. It smells great, though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    La Lin

    I'm pleased with both the great design and such concise content. This is a good handbook for any poetry enthusiast. I want to embrace poetry more, take it easier and feel it closer than before.⠀ ⠀ ***⠀ The book conveys the meaning and practice of poetry in different creative formats (which I'm truly appreciate). I got some useful tips and read a few mesmerizing excerpts from inspiring poets I hadn't even known before. Can't wait to have some more poetry books on my shelf!⠀ ⁣⁣I'm pleased with both the great design and such concise content. This is a good handbook for any poetry enthusiast. I want to embrace poetry more, take it easier and feel it closer than before.⠀ ⠀ ***⠀ The book conveys the meaning and practice of poetry in different creative formats (which I'm truly appreciate). I got some useful tips and read a few mesmerizing excerpts from inspiring poets I hadn't even known before. Can't wait to have some more poetry books on my shelf!⠀

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is a cute little pocket sized beginners guide book about poetry. It has useful tips about how to start reading poetry and how to write poetry. So keep reading to find a poet or subject matter of interest and always have a journal on hand when inspiration hits. While there might not be a lot of new information, it was presented in a fun / exciting way to hopefully encourage some to start reading or writing poetry. I received a copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Richard

    I loved this practical book on how to integrate poetry into your life - reading it, listening to it, writing it, finding it in unexpected places in your daily life. The poets who wrote this book make poetry palatable - it usually is not because instructors or writers try to be too pedantic about the whole thing. I walked away with lots of tips I intend to use.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Gray

    Ive read other poetry handbooks, and this is the first one that really inspired me. Reading it reminded me of how my favorite English professor taught poetry and if I could have taken his class 100 times I would have. Its perfect for anyone interested in writing poetry or wanting to simply learn more about it. Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley have done an incredible job here. I’ve read other poetry handbooks, and this is the first one that really inspired me. Reading it reminded me of how my favorite English professor taught poetry and if I could have taken his class 100 times I would have. It’s perfect for anyone interested in writing poetry or wanting to simply learn more about it. Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley have done an incredible job here.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Avery

    Not sure how to rate this one. I picked it up at an Andrea Gibson show. I didn't really know what it would be. It's interesting and charming, a very accessible introduction to reading, writing, and otherwise engaging with poetry.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Ciocca

    So sweet this book is. It hits such satisfying notes in terms of how simultaneously aesthetically-pleasing, gracefully simple, and accessibly thought-provoking. I would love for everyone in the world to read this little poetry-primer.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ash Hall

    A sweet and encouraging read from two poets/partners whose love for this art is contagious. Not only does this book contain many invitations to enjoy poetry, but also to create it, complete with prompts and writing tips. A lovely gift to those who read it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Entzeroth

    I received this wonderful little book as a Christmas gift and highly recommend it to all in my life! It will leave you excited to dive back into this art form. There is so much to learn about ourselves and others through reading and writing poetry.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Olejniczak

    A great book to get your creative juices flowing. I started this book almost as soon as I got it in the mail and after reading about half of it, I took a loooong break from reading. I picked it back up and finally finished it and Im so glad I did. I feel inspired to write again. A great book to get your creative juices flowing. I started this book almost as soon as I got it in the mail and after reading about half of it, I took a loooong break from reading. I picked it back up and finally finished it and I’m so glad I did. I feel inspired to write again.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mad Dog

    This book truly describes how important and beautiful poetry can be. I found this book to be inspirational and encouraging in order show audiences that poetry can change the way people think and how they express themselves.

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