9780062730244

The Practice of Poetry

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/25/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

A distinctive collection of more than 90 effective poetry writing exercises combined with corresponding essays to inspire writers of all levels.

This guide to writing poetry combines essays by practicing poets and poetry teachers with exercises covering inspiration, the senses, voice, structure, and revision

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION xi
PART 1. LADDERS TO THE DARK: THE UNCONSCIOUS AS GOLD MINE 1(30)
First Words
3(2)
Ann Lauterbach
Not-So-Automatic Automatic-Writing Exercise
5(3)
Thomas Lux
Translations: Idea to Image (for a group)
8(3)
Carol Muske
Dream Notebook
11(2)
Maxine Kumin
Ten-Minute Spill
13(2)
Rita Dove
Auction: First Lines (for a group)
15(2)
Michael Waters
"Only Connect"
17(3)
Sydney Lea
Chanting the Flowers Off the Wall (for a group)
20(2)
Christopher Davis
An Emotional Landscape (for a group)
22(5)
Cleopatra Mathis
A Journey to Nowhere
27(2)
Susan Snively
The Free-Lance Muse
29(2)
Ann Lauterbach
PART 2. THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD: IMAGE AND METAPHOR 31(28)
One's-Self, En-Masse
33(2)
Michael Pettit
Intriguing Objects Exercise/ "Show and Tell" (for a group)
35(2)
Anne Waldman
Breaking the Sentence; or, No Sentences but in Things
37(3)
Roger Mitchell
Five Easy Pieces
40(2)
Richard Jackson
As/Like/Finish the Sentence
42(2)
Linnea Johnson
Quilting in the Ditch
44(2)
James McKean
Getting at Metaphor
46(2)
Roger Mitchell
A Little Nightmusic: The Narrative Metaphor
48(3)
T. Alan Broughton
Experience Falls Through Language like Water Through a Sieve
51(3)
Susan Mitchell
Writing the Spectrum
54(2)
Elizabeth Spires
"Tell by Showing": An Exercise Against Technique
56(3)
Roger Mitchell
PART 3. WHO'S TALKING AND WHY?: THE SELF AND ITS SUBJECTS 59(48)
A. ASPECTS OF VOICE
61(24)
Dramatic Monologue: Carving the Voice, Carving the Mask
63(3)
David St. John
The Widow
66(2)
Maura Stanton
Our Suits, Our Selves
68(2)
Christopher Gilbert
Letter Poems
70(3)
Robin Behn
Tabloid Tone Exercise
73(2)
Lee Upton
The Peasant Wedding (for a group)
75(3)
Mary Swander
Estrangement and Reconciliation: The Self Has It Out with the Self
78(2)
Leslie Ullman
"In the Waiting Room"
80(5)
Carol Muske
B. WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
85(22)
Who We Were
87(2)
Edward Hirsch
Your Mother's Kitchen
89(2)
Rita Dove
The Night Aunt Dottie Caught Elvis's Handkerchief When He Tossed It from the Stage of The Sands in Vegas
91(3)
David Wojahn
Not "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (for a group)
94(2)
Garrett Hongo
Extrapolation
96(1)
Pamela Alexander
Evolutions
97(2)
Deborah Digges
Afterimages: The History of a Reflection
99(2)
Jay Klokker
Subject and Sound: The Black Sheep
101(3)
Kenneth Rosen
A Poem That Scares You
104(3)
Sandra McPherson
PART 4. TRUTH IN STRANGENESS: ACCIDENTS, CHANCE, AND THE NONRATIONAL 107(30)
Intelligence Test
109(2)
Alberta Turner
Personal Universe Deck
111(3)
Linnea Johnson
The Cut-and-Shuffle Poem
114(2)
Jack Myers
Finish This!
116(3)
Stuart Friebert
Twenty Little Poetry Projects
119(4)
Jim Simmerman
Collaborative "Cut-Up"
123(2)
Anne Waldman
Found in Translation
125(1)
Theodore Weiss
Homophonic Translation
126(2)
Charles Bernstein
Commentary on Charles Bernstein's Homophonic Translation
128(1)
Pamela Alexander
Index/Table of Contents Exercise
129(2)
Lee Upton
Make Your Own System!
131(6)
Jackson Mac Low
PART 5. LAWS OF THE WILD: STRUCTURE, SHAPELINESS, AND ORGANIZING PRINCIPLES 137(34)
Block, Pillar, Slab, and Beam
139(2)
Deborah Digges
The Fill-in-the-Blanks or Definition Poem
141(2)
Jack Myers
Opposites: The Attraction of Titles
143(2)
Stuart Dischell
Cleave and Cleave
145(2)
Carol Muske
Matthewsian Invisible Hinge
147(1)
Pamela Alexander
"Que Sera, Sera" and Other False Premises
148(2)
Christopher Gilbert
"The Props Assist the House"
150(3)
James McKean
The Familiar
153(2)
Alicia Ostriker
Writing Between the Lines
155(3)
J. D. McClatchy
The Poetry Obstacle Course
158(2)
Marcia Southwick
Important Excitements: Writing Groups of Related Poems
160(4)
Maggie Anderson
The Short Narrative Poem
164(3)
Roland Flint
The Cat Poem
167(2)
Alicia Ostriker
The Seduction Poem
169(2)
Alicia Ostriker
PART 6. MUSICAL MATTERS: SOUND, RHYTHM, AND THE LINE 171(42)
A Lewis Carroll Carol
173(2)
Karen Swenson
Emotion/Motion/Ocean/Shun
175(2)
Susan Mitchell
Patterning
177(2)
Stephen Dunn
Breathless, Out of Breath
179(2)
Richard Jackson
Free-Verse Lineation
181(1)
Sharon Bryan
A Variation on Sharon Bryan's Free-Verse Lineation
182(2)
Jack Myers
"Lyric" Poetry
184(3)
Dana Gioia
Shall We Dance?
187(2)
Richard Jackson
Short Lines and Long Lines
189(2)
Andrew Hudgins
Word Problems and Science Tests
191(2)
Robin Becker
Anglo-Saxon Lines
193(2)
Judith Baumel
Sapphic Stanzas
195(3)
Judith Baumel
Pantoum
198(2)
Judith Baumel
Attempting a Villanelle
200(5)
Molly Peacock
Ghazal: The Charms of a Considered Disunity
205(5)
Agha Shahid Ali
The Meter Reader
210(3)
Thomas Rabbitt
PART 7. MAJOR AND MINOR SURGERY: ON REVISION AND WRITER'S BLOCK 213(47)
A. EXERCISES
215(26)
Writer's Block: An Antidote
217(4)
Daniel Halpern
Smash Palace
221(2)
William Matthews
Rhapsodizing Repetitions
223(2)
Lee Upton
Stealing the Goods
225(2)
Stephen Dunn
Jump-Starting the Dead Poem
227(1)
Lynne McMahon
Scissors & Scotch Tape
228(3)
Chase Twichell
In a Dark Room: Photography and Revision
231(5)
Maggie Anderson
The Party of the Century (for a group)
236(3)
Roger Weingarten
The Shell Game
239(2)
Thomas Rabbitt
B. REFLECTIONS
241(19)
The Rewrite as Assignment
243(2)
Stanley Plumly
Household Economy, Ruthlessness, Romance, and the Art of Hospitality
245(4)
Richard Tillinghast
Of Revision
249(2)
Donald Justice
In Praise of Malice: Thoughts on Revision
251(6)
Lynn Emanuel
Waiting and Silence
257(3)
Susan Snively
APPENDIX A: Mail-Order Sources of Poetry Books 260(3)
APPENDIX B: Published Works Referred to in the Text 263(21)
CONTRIBUTORS' NOTES 284(9)
INDEX 293

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Great guide July 1, 2011
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This is a wide ranging collection of poetry exercises written by poets who also teach. This guide to writing poetry combines essays by practicing poets and poetry teachers with exercises covering inspiration, the senses, voice, structure, and revision. The textbook concludes with two or three essays about revision that every poet needs to read. Beginning poets especially can benefit the wisdom herein. This textbook still gave me new ideas on how to write different varieties of poems. It is very useful, and I enjoy it! Recommended.
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