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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.

Author Biography

Dorianne Laux is associate professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 11
Subjects for Writing
Writing and Knowingp. 19
The Family: Inspiration and Obstaclep. 30
Death and Griefp. 39
Writing the Eroticp. 46
The Shadowp. 56
Witnessingp. 64
Poetry of Placep. 74
The Poet's Craft
Imagesp. 85
Simile and Metaphorp. 94
The Music of the Linep. 104
Voice and Stylep. 115
Stop Making Sense: Dreams and Experimentsp. 129
Meter, Rhyme, and Formp. 138
Repetition, Rhythm, and Bluesp. 151
More Repetition: Villanelle, Pantoum, Sestinap. 161
A Grammatical Excursionp. 171
The Energy of Revisionp. 186
The Writing Life
Self-Doubtp. 195
Writer's Blockp. 199
Writing in the Electronic Agep. 204
Getting Publishedp. 217
Twenty-Minute Writing Exercisesp. 225
Books on Poetry and Writingp. 257
Anthologies for Further Readingp. 261
Finding Markets for Your Poemsp. 266
More Resources for Writersp. 267
Creditsp. 272
Indexp. 277
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