Next Word, Better Word The Craft of Writing Poetry

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/26/2011
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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This accessible writer's guide provides a helpful framework for creating poetry and navigates contemporary concerns and practices. Stephen Dobyns, author of the classic book on the beauty of poetry,Best Words, Best Ordermoves into new terrain in this remarkable book. Bringing years of experience to bear on issues such as subject matter, the mechanics of poetry, and the revision process, Dobyns explores the complex relationship between writers and their work. From Philip Larkin to Pablo Neruda to William Butler Yeats, every chapter reveals useful lessons in these renowned poets' work. Both enlightening and encouraging,Next Word, Better Worddemystifies a subtle art form and shows writers how to overcome obstacles in the creative process.

Author Biography

Stephen Dobyns is the author of over 30 novels and poetry collections, including The Church of the Dead Girls, Cold Dog Soup, and Cemetery Nights. Among his many honors and awards are a Melville Cane Award, Pushcart Prizes, a National Poetry Series prize, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His novels have been translated into 20 languages and his poetry has appeared in the Best American Poems anthology. Dobyns teaches creative writing at Warren Wilson College and has taught at Stanford University, The University of lowa, Sarah Lawrence College, and Boston University, among others.

Table of Contents

introductionp. 1
approaching subject matterp. 9
joining form and contentp. 25
reconciling paradoxp. 47
aspects of the syllablep. 69
line breaksp. 89
context and causalityp. 111
a sense of spacep. 127
closurep. 147
revisionp. 171
moral inquiryp. 187
bearing witnessp. 205
counterpointp. 219
the nature of metaphorp. 235
glossaryp. 263
permissionsp. 265
notesp. 267
indexp. 275
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