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The Mind's Eye: A Guide to Writing Poetry

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Publisher Comments:

Focusing on imagery and sound, this groundbreaking book on the teaching of poetry writing is concise, practical, and inexpensive and it’s the only poetry writing text designed specifically for a college term. Winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Kevin Clark is a university professor, a widely published poet, and the author of the collection In the Evening of No Warning. Developed and proven over two decades of college level workshops, the flexible progression of lessons and exercises guides students through the major components of contemporary poetry writing.

 

WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS EDITION

 

  • Clear, active prose that instructs without condescending 
  • An adaptable sequence of chapters guiding writers through increasingly complex aspects of poetry: imagery, sound, implication, conflict, transformation, the lyric (and lyricism), structure, portraiture, narrative, traditional forms, sequencing, and other facets of the art, especially revision.
  •  More than 100 writing exercises, ranging from the general to the highly specific.
  •  Over 80 inspiring model poems by a diverse group of well-known contemporary poets plus poems by students. 
  •  The Poet’s Note Card, a concise summary of main ideas at the end of each chapter.
  •  Suggestions for extending interest in poetry beyond the classroom:  how to form poetry writing groups; how to arrange and give poetry readings; and how to publish poems.

  

 

 

Synopsis:

The Mind’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.

About the Author

  

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

Preface

 

Acknowledgements

 

Introduction

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 Cliché

 

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 Desire

Erotic Poetry

The Poet's Note Card

 

Thirteen

The Poetry of Witness

 

Restraint                 

War and Witness

Writing about Racism

Poems about Gender

The Question of Culpability

The Poet's Note Card

 

Fourteen

Stretching the Imagination

 

The Next Challenge

Eckphrasis

The Drama of Sport

The Serious Business of the Funny Poem

Divinity and Uncertainty

Philosophical Imagery

The Poet's Note Card

 

Fifteen

Breaking the Rules, Nurturing the Weird

 

Eccentricity and Voice

Being Different

Associative Journeys

Undermining the Rules of Grammar

Enigma Poems

The Poet's Note Card

 

 

Appendix

The Culture of Poetry

 

Writing Groups

Public Readings

How to Get Published

•               Choosing Journals

•               Submitting Poems by Mail

•               Submitting Poems by Email

•               Keeping a Submissions Log

•               On Simultaneous Submissions

•               Rejection and Acceptance

 

The Poet's Note Card

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205498239
Author:
Clark, Kevin
Publisher:
Pearson Longman
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Poetry -- Authorship.
Subject:
Poetry -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Pearson English Value Textbook Series
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 in 313 gr

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