Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within is easy for Kim Addonizio to say. The local author, poet, editor, prizewinner, harmonica player, weight lifter, and hottie has plenty of juice; she can talk about "genius." The rest of us schlubs have no business, it seems like. Yet, we trust her: Add to the above list "patient teacher." Addonizio has been teaching poetry classes, think about that for a minute, for years, and this book draws on her experiences as a teacher and as a writer. It even includes examples of her own rejection slips, sustained in the publishing trenches. That's going to help you! If you have any genius in you, this right here is the lady to help you find it.
Tue., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., 2009