Making Peace With Paradise
It’s here! A beautiful book from one of your favorite poetry how-to authors. But this time, the poetry is in the story itself—and in the prose.
Making Peace With Paradise: An Autobiography of a California Girl is Tania Runyan’s personal story of being born and raised in the Golden State—and the anxieties she faced as an ordinary girl who always felt like the California Dream was more myth than reality.
Still, the Golden State gave her untold gifts that created the imaginative poet and author we know today. As you read the book (we hope you do!), we invite you to find those gifts along the way—then consider the gifts your own life has given you, especially if you are a writer—or hope to be.
Tania Runyan is the author of How to Read a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem “Introduction to Poetry.” She’s also brought you How to Write a Poem and How to Write a Form Poem: A Guided Tour of 10 Fabulous Forms.
Journey with Tania in a new way. And find your own poetry as you do.
(Kindle version available now. Print version to come in October!)
Poetry Prompt: Making Peace With Paradise
Is there something in your life that you need to make peace with? Especially something that appeared good on the outside but caused you a challenge on the inside? Put it in a poem. Make a little peace.
Alternately, write a poem about California. You might like to use one of the five sections in Tania’s book as inspiration: Earthquakes, Freeways, Burbs, Beach Boys, or Stars.