WHAT VITAL POETRY COACHING INCLUDES Working one-on-one with me means that you get: * guidance in defining your poetry goals * a personal plan for achieving your goals * a customized reading list Everyone’s growth plan is unique, but typical components and options include: * close reading of published poems and complete collections * generation of new work * revision support for new and existing poems * guidance in seeking publication THE VITAL POETRY COACHING PHILOSOPHY Poetry leads us deeper into ourselves and from there, further out into the world with keener understanding of our place in it. *This* is how poetry makes the world better. Not because your particular poem will change someone’s mind about a critical issue, though it might. Not because you speak for those who cannot, though you might. Not because it feels good to get terrible things off our chests, though it usually does. Not because it’s fun or exciting or intellectually challenging, though it can be and can be and often is. Here’s the thing: *You don’t have to do it alone.* The world-saving work of poetry starts right now, right here, with you. It’s already started. What I want to do is work with you to go deeper. So we can go further. Here’s the other thing: *You don’t have to be great already.* Hell, you don’t have to be great at all. But maybe you are! Or maybe you could be. The fact is, it’s the work that counts. It’s the work that changes the world. Let’s do it together. We’ll explore what’s vital about your writing. What’s life-giving about the poems we read. We’ll make a plan based on your highest aspirations and you will meet them.