The Mind's Eye A Guide to Writing Poetry

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-19
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The Mindrs"s Eye, written by a published poet, focuses on imagery and sound and has the added benefit of being concise, inexpensive, and handy. Contemporary poetry as well as traditional form is discussed, with an emphasis on contemporary poets - more than ninety of them - and three student poets. Chapters deal with difficult topics such as racism, war, mortality, gender, and more.

Author Biography


An award-winning poet, Kevin Clark is the author of the collection In the Evening of No Warning. His poems and essays have appeared widely in places such as The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, The Southern Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, he teaches at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. He lives with his wife and children on California’s central coast, where he continues to play upper division softball "despite legs like ancient concrete and more injuries than Evel Knievel."

Table of Contents

The Mind's Eye Imagery Sound and Idiom Imagination
One Words that Paint, Images that Speak Painting Pictures with Words
The Power of a Single Image Rendering Human Drama
The Verb as Catalyst Exploring with Images
The Quicksand of Abstraction
A Note on Revision Getting Started
The Poet s Note Card Two
The Lively Image vs.
The Deadly Clich Observations that Surprise Metaphors and Similes Listing
The Interior World
The Other Senses Dramatizing Everyday Subjects
The Poet's Note Card Three
The Sound of Contemporary Poetry
Why Poems Don t Sing
Like Songs
Conversational Poetry
Musical Poetry
How We Talk Back Home Poems
That Go Fast Revising for Sound
The Poet's Note Card Four
Conflict and Transformation
The Problem of the Human Heart Tension and Conflict
The Transformative Moment Portraying Stasis Sentiment vs. Sentimentality Revising for Clarity
The Poet's Note Card Five
Do Poems Have Plot?
Keeping Your Reader on Edge Lyric
Interludes Narrative and the Transformative Moment Braiding Heightening the Drama Stories of Childhood Closure
The Poet's Note Card Six Empathy and Creativity Becoming the Other
The Historical Persona Dramatizing Current Events Myth
The Psyche Under Pressure
The Poet's Note Card Seven Leaping through Time and Space
The Poetic Sequence Multiple Pictures Multiple Narratives Non-Numerical Sequences Revising toward the Sequence
The Poet's Note Card Eight Frames and Forms Free Verse and the Question of Form Syllabics, Metrics and Blank Verse Rhyming
The Sonnet
The Villanelle
The Sestina
The Poet's Note Card Nine Stanzas, Prose, and the Field of the Page Organizing Words on the Page
The Prose Poem Aeration Visual Caesurae
The Poet's Note Card Ten Surrealism
The Logic of Alogical Images Nonsense vs. Instinct Dream Poems Dreamtime and Magical Realism
The Poet's Note Card Eleven Writing about Sadness
The Elegy Imagery and Restraint Threnody Expectation and Surprise
The Poet's Note Card Twelve Poetry and Eros
The Predicament of the Love Poem Conflict and Tone
The Language of Des
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