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Word Journeys with Readers and Writers
"In everything we have to understand, poetry can help."
—Tony Hoagland, Harper's, April 2013
In Poem Central, Shirley McPhillips helps us better understand the central role poetry can play in our personal lives and in the life of our classrooms. She introduces us to professional poets, teachers, and students—people of different ages and walks of life—who are actively engaged in reading and making poems. Their stories and their work show us the power of poems to illuminate the ordinary, to nurture, inspire, and stand alongside us for the journey.