By popular demand, we’ve made Jane Yolen’s new poetry collection Sister Fox’s Field Guide to the Writing Life available in paperback. If you missed your chance to buy the limited edition, or want an affordable way to give a copy to everyone you know, or just enjoy poems about books and foxes and wild birds and sly poets, then head across to our online shop to get your copy today. This is a remarkable, beautiful collection that showcases some of Yolen’s finest poetry—a brilliant contribution to the mythic arts that celebrates love of imagination and devotion to the writing craft. But, as LeVar taught us to say—you don’t have to take my word for it:
Jane Yolen’s poems about writing and the creative life are gorgeous, startling, powerful, funny, honest, and sly like a fox. This book is for everyone who loves fairy tales, myth, and mythic arts—as well as for writers, storytellers, and creators of all stripes. I absolutely loved it.
This is familiar Yolen magic: terror and delight, breathing out this time poems for grown-up readers and a wise “field guide” for writers.
–Pat Schneider, Author of How the Light Gets In &c.
Reading Sister Fox was like watching a master magician explain exactly how each trick is planned and executed during their performance. Jane Yolen—wordsmith—has written art disguised as Instruction Manual.
–Richard Michelson, Poet Laureate of Northampton, Mass.
I thank Jane Yolen and Sister Fox for setting me back on “the writer’s road” with the tools I need to stay the course.
–Lesléa Newman, Author of October Mourning &c.
Jane Yolen, prolific and beloved author, knows of what she speaks. This book for all ages is both delightful and earnest: “writing needs both heat and light.”
–Ellen Doré Watson, The Poetry Center at Smith College
These poems illuminate the shadow-path of writing, and will be loved by everyone who treads its contradictory turnings.
The best stories, Sister Fox knows,
are truest when they come trotting slantwise
loping towards you as if they’re going away.