elegantly conceived and thoughtfully edited Vibrant Words
assist and inspire many an aspiring poet and storyteller. Like other
artists, wordsmiths should welcome and respond to the challenges of
surprise and demand. These warm, prodding pages quiver with enough
prompts, suggestions, exercises, examples and borderline ecstasy to
keep any fledgling or practiced writer of poetry meaningfully focused
and sharp for a lifetime."
, California's Poet
"Erica Goss presents
inspiring tips, techniques, strategies, observations, and insights
accrued through study and direct experience. Her book will prove a
useful guide for new and experienced writers alike, especially those
struggling to navigate a 'dry spell,' desiring a poetic nudge, or
seeking authentic creative direction."
, editor of The Pedestal Magazine
friendly, non-intimidating approach, Erica Goss coaxes out the poet
in all of us. Open this treasure chest anywhere and do what the
page says to do. Although these prompts were written for poets, many
also work well for prose writers."
, "travel writer, magazine editor, writing instructor at
Sierra Nevada College"
"Many good prompts
here, nudges to get you started if you're a beginner, or shoves if
you're further along, but find yourself stuck."
, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Emeritus
"In a relaxed
voice made tender by experience, this is a mentor's approach to
guiding poets onto new roads and greater destinations."
, editor, Awkword Paper Cut
Goss's Vibrant Words
is a little gem of poetry
prompts: concise, efficient, whimsical, immediate.... What a
delight to read! Each of these prompts offers useful guidance
with inspirational suggestions, ideas, and examples for poets and all
poetry lovers. This is also a welcome tool for poetry workshops
and other related settings.
, author of My Funeral Gondola
Water the Moon
collection of poems and inspirational exercises, Vibrant Words:
Ideas and Inspirations for Poets,
teaches poets to peel back the
noise to find the kernels of poetic story that will appeal
--Serena M. Agusto-Cox
, poet and reviewer at Savvy Verse & Wit
and War Through the Generations