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In this fortuitous collaboration, two spirited poets, themselves teachers of poetry, offer guidance to aspiring beginners and those who have already published. Brief essays on the elements of poetry, technique, and suggested subjects for writing are each followed by distinctive writing exercises. ("Compare an actual family photograph with one that was never taken, but might have been.") The ups and downs of the writing life#xE2;#x80;#x94;including the inevitable visitations of self-doubt and writer's block#xE2;#x80;#x94;are here, along with tips about getting published. A special section contains twenty-minute writing exercises, and valuable appendixes cover further reading and marketing advice. On your own, this book can be your "teacher," while groups, in or out of the classroom, can profit from sharing weekly assignments. Numerous examples of contemporary poetry, chosen for relevance and freshness, illustrate salient points and stimulate the imagination. By calling on their own experience and focusing on living American writers for their models, the authors introduce you to poetry as it is right now.
Dorianne Laux is associate professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon.
Table of Contents
|Subjects for Writing|
|Writing and Knowing||p. 19|
|The Family: Inspiration and Obstacle||p. 30|
|Death and Grief||p. 39|
|Writing the Erotic||p. 46|
|The Shadow||p. 56|
|Poetry of Place||p. 74|
|The Poet's Craft|
|Simile and Metaphor||p. 94|
|The Music of the Line||p. 104|
|Voice and Style||p. 115|
|Stop Making Sense: Dreams and Experiments||p. 129|
|Meter, Rhyme, and Form||p. 138|
|Repetition, Rhythm, and Blues||p. 151|
|More Repetition: Villanelle, Pantoum, Sestina||p. 161|
|A Grammatical Excursion||p. 171|
|The Energy of Revision||p. 186|
|The Writing Life|
|Writer's Block||p. 199|
|Writing in the Electronic Age||p. 204|
|Getting Published||p. 217|
|Twenty-Minute Writing Exercises||p. 225|
|Books on Poetry and Writing||p. 257|
|Anthologies for Further Reading||p. 261|
|Finding Markets for Your Poems||p. 266|
|More Resources for Writers||p. 267|
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