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Edited by Finuala Dowling

Difficult to Explain is more than just an anthology of highly accessible, striking, funny, quirky, tender and moving poems.

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Difficult to Explain is more than just an anthology of highly accessible, striking, funny, quirky, tender and moving poems. It is also a much-needed companion for poets and teachers, offering a series of inspirational exercises as well as memorable reflections on the art of teaching creative writing. An essential book for readers, writers and teachers of poetry.

Poet and creative writing teacher Finuala Dowling has put together a collection of the best poems that have emerged from her current and recent poetry workshops. The collection includes a new, unpublished poem by Finuala as well as contributions by established writers who have attended her classes – Beverly Rycroft, Colleen Higgs, Kerry Hammerton, Karin Schimke & Consuelo Roland.

Finuala Dowling is a poet, novelist and creative writing teacher. Her first collection, I flying, won the Ingrid Jonker Prize, the second, Doo-Wop Girls of the Universe, was joint winner of the Sanlam Prize for poetry, and her third, Notes from the dementia ward, won the Olive Schreiner Prize.

“Not only does she create poetry that’s easy to read and looks deceptively easy to write, but she’s generous in her sharing and encouragement that yes, you too, can write poems. Many poems in Difficult to Explain are tagged with foot-noted scraps of workshop discussion or tweakings that helped polish the piece into final
2010 form.”
Moira Richards