Jul 142017

Key West Poet Laureate Emeritus, Kirby Congdon (Photo by Richard Watherwax)

Book Review by Kirby Congdon…….

Eric Greinke has been a figurehead in the field of poetry for decades. He uses his talent in a recent book this year in a consideration of collaborations in writing poetry, having exercised his abilities in half a dozen projects working with prominent talents in this genre.

Mr. Greinke defines “the third voice,” in the first of seven chapters, as a by-product of an interpersonal relationships by transmuting the creative process so that it is transformed and transfigured.

The individual voice of two or three participants bounce back and forth so that both talent and themes coalesce in a “fresh new voice” that has come out of growing together in a blend of activity.

This can be done in a variety of ways, such as when two people take alternate lines or by a more intimate merging of ideas with their conflicts and reconciliations.

As Mr. Greincke moves into his book it beomes a thorough documentary of theory, history, as well as immediate references to the collaborative work itself, illustrating style, explorations and the experiences in this approach to creative poetry, and literature, for any reader.

The Third Voice. Notes on the Art of Poetic Collaboration
by Eric Greinke
Presa Press, 2017, paper back, 84p, $13.95
ISBN: 978 – 0 – 9965026 – 6 – 5


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