The Roar on the Other Side:
A Guide for Student Poets
For all its storied past and lofty reputation, poetry is really just the art of noticing, naming, and comparing the stuff of this world. Unlike the eye of modern science (which sees the world as a giant specimen for us to dissect), poetry fosters and nurtures life by finding wonder in the nooks and crannies of ordinary life.
Suzanne Rhodes, a longtime poet and teacher, offers The Roar on the Other Side as an introductory guide for students (junior high and up). Clear and imaginative, this book makes poetry approachable. Focusing on the importance of sight and the necessity of practice, Rhodes easily communicates the joy of words to her readers and helps them see how good poetry binds all seemingly-contradictory things together. Students will emerge from this book with a good handle on the basics of writing poetry and a new appreciation for the awesome world wherein we live.
"[Rhodes] is at once playful and inviting, insightful and enabling. For all her rhetorical gentleness and modesty, her lessons provide the beginning poet a glimpse, early on, of what many fail to observe after many years of toiling in the craft: that poetry is the language of revelation, a most immediate means by which we may suspect the Mystery of the Word inhabiting our lives."
--Scott Cairns, author of Recovered Body
"Generously, gracefully, The Roar on the Other Side imparts both information and inspiration. What are the devices of poetry? How can apprentice poets master their craft? Why write, and to whom? Suzanne supplies answers and examples, rigorous standards and gentle guidance. A lovely, helpful book."
--Kelly Cherry, author of Death and Transfiguration