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Frugal Poets' Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren't a Poet by Cynthia Gallaher is an engaging book for all those readers who are interested in poetry and how to become a poet. The book is a useful tool to all those who want to live a poetic life, even if they are not poets. The author shares her knowledge about writing poetry, poetry readings, reading venues, workshops, a brief history of the Chicago poetry scene, the birth of poetry slam, poetry related resources available in the country, and writing programs, giving readers ample information about poetry and the life of a poet. The book gives a peek into the author's personal journey and she gives inexpensive tips for living a creatively elegant life based on modest resources.
The book is interesting and encouraging, and tells readers how to be cool, smart, savvy, and in demand, living a full life without making it expensive. There are tips on how to write and how to go about being part of poetry related activities that happen in the United States. The author's personal experiences are fun and interesting, and the key traits found in the majority of creative types are also listed in the book. Piirto's signs of an archetypal American poet are fascinating to read, along with other concepts that revolve around poetry, poetry writing, and poets. The author's personal stories and experiences, her views on writing and being creative, and her tips and suggestions on how to create one's own chapbook make this book an excellent read.