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250 Poems: A Portable Anthology (2nd edition)

by Jack Ridl Peter Schakel

250 Poems offers a wide and well-balanced selection of chronologically arranged poems, supported by succinct, practical editorial features.

Approaching Literature: Reading + Thinking + Writing (Third Edition)

by Jack Ridl Peter Schakel

The central aim of this book is to foster habits and skills of critical thinking. The third edition makes the book even more inclusive and accessible than the first and second editions. A unique feature of this book is its appendix on reading critical essays, which provides practical instruction on how to approach and read the academic essay, a genre that in itself is unfamiliar to many students, and which students may be asked to use as sources in their own writing.

Approaching Poetry: Perspectives and Responses

by Jack Ridl Peter Schakel

This wide-ranging introduction to poetry blends theoretical considerations with a thorough introduction to the elements of poetry, offering alternative perspectives from which to approach and engage with a poem.

Broken Symmetry

by Jack Ridl

Michigan poet Jack Ridl leads readers into reflective connection with the everyday world in this unique and enjoyable volume.

Literature: A Portable Anthology (3rd Edition)

by Jack Ridl Peter Schakel Janet E. Gardner Beverly Lawn

The third edition of Literature: A Portable Anthology presents, in a compact and highly affordable format, an ample and flexible choice of fiction, poetry, and drama for introductory literature courses. Arranged chronologically by genre, the stories, poems, and plays are complemented by editorial matter that offers enough help for students learning to think, read, and write about literature, without interfering with their enjoyment of the literary works.

Practicing to Walk Like a Heron

by Jack Ridl

In Practicing to Walk Like a Heron multiple-award-winning Michigan poet Jack Ridl shares lines of well-earned wisdom in the face of a constantly changing world. The familiar comforts of life-a warm fire in winter, a lush garden in summer-become the settings for transcendent and universal truths in these poems, as moments of grief, sadness, and melancholy trigger a deeper appreciation for small but important joys. The simple clarity of Ridl's lines and diction make the poems accessible to all readers, but especially rewarding for those who appreciate carefully honed, masterful verse. Many of the poems take solace in nature-quiet deer outside in the woods, deep snow, a thrush's empty nest in the eaves-as well as man-made things in the world-a steamer trunk, glass jars, tea cups, and books piled high near an easy chair. Yet Ridl avoids becoming nostalgic or romantic in his surroundings, and shows that there is nothing easy in his celebration of topics like "The Letters," "But He Loved His Dog," "A Christmas List for Santa," and "The Enormous Mystery of Couples." An interlude of full-color pages divides Ridl's more personal poems d experiential in life. This relatable and emotionally powerful volume will appeal to all poetry readers.

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