poems about / for / after writers

Kemeny Babineau, Editor

Mentor's Canon

Mentoring, the sacred right of all trades, is a continuous process for to any serious artist. The demands of creativity make it necessary to remain an apprentice of sorts for life. It is through ones’ poetic mentors that one learns the craft of voice.

The works included are examples of different stages of the mentoring journey as well as being examples of the different forms this journey can take. Reading this anthology, a young poet may be left feeling more assured, after recognizing that the process of mentoring is continuous and typical for all that strive to speak poetically. Senior poets, while enjoying poems written to and for their mentors and peers and perhaps even themselves, may well recognize similarities to their own early achievements.

-Kemeny Babineau, from the Introduction

(Broken Jaw Press, 2001)

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