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A Poetry Handbook
A Poetry Handbook
by Mary Oliver
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I bought A Poetry Handbook when I entered my first poetry-writing class as an undergrad. My professor was a notorious curmudgeon who didn't spare anyone's feelings and expected each progressive class in the term "to separate the sheep from the goats." I... (read more)

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Perrines Sound and Sense
Perrines Sound and Sense
by Laurence Perrine
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Assigned more than any other introductory poetry text on the market! Features -- Known for its exemplary poetry selections, Perrine's Sound and Sense is written for the student who is beginning a serious study of poetry. -- Discusses the elements of... (read more)

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The Art of the Poetic Line
The Art of the Poetic Line
by James Longenbach
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James Longenbach is the author of three poetry collections, including Draft of a Letter; five works of criticism, including The Resistance to Poetry, as well as numerous essays and reviews. He is Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English at the... (read more)

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Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words
Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words
by Susan Wooldridge
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Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge is a poet and teacher who conducts workshops privately, as well as in the California Poets in the Schools program. Her exuberant, critically acclaimed teaching guide takes instructors, writers, and general readers into the very... (read more)

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Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing
Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing
by Richard Hugo
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Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer called 'one of the most passionate, energetic and honest poets living,' was that rare phenomenon'"a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher. The Triggering Townis Hugo"s classic collection of lectures, essays,... (read more)

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What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World
What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World
by Robert Hass
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An evocative and captivating collection of essays on writers, place, poetry, and photography—with accompanying photos throughout—from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Robert Hass Renowned for his magisterial verse, Robert... (read more)

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The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
by Princeton
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The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is a comprehensive reference work dealing with all aspects of its subject: history, types, movements, prosody, and critical terminology. Prepared by recognized authorities, its articles treat their... (read more)

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How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry (Harvest Book)
How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry (Harvest Book)
by Edward Hirsch
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"Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a single lamp and read it while you're alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone sleeps next to you. Say it over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of culture-the... (read more)

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Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry
Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry
by David Orr
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Contemporary poetry may seem like a foreign country you've barely visited and wouldn't dream of living in. Beautiful & Pointless, however, reveals how to accept the foreignness of poetry in the same way we accept the strange delights of a place we're... (read more)

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Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture
Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture
by Dana Gioia
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In 1991, Dana Gioia's provocative essay "Can Poetry Matter?" was published in the Atlantic Monthly, and received more public response than any other piece in the magazine's history. In his book, Gioia more fully addressed the question: Is there a place... (read more)

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What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life
What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life
by Gary Soto
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Gary Soto is a widely published author of children's and young adult fiction, and he is an acclaimed poet--often referred to as one of the nation's first Chicano poets. With a sharp sense of storytelling and a sly wit, What Poets Are Like is a memoir of... (read more)

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As Easy as Lying: Essays on Poetry
As Easy as Lying: Essays on Poetry
by H L Hix
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If you were stranded on some far slope of Parnassus and could bring only one book to map the landscape, H.L. Hix’s As Easy As Lying would be a good choice. Accessible, erudite, and ebullient, these essays delve into the workings of the poetic mind... (read more)

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How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry
How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry
by Edward Hirsch
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How to Read a Poem is an unprecedented exploration of poetry and feeling. In language at once acute and emotional, distinguished poet and critic Edward Hirsch describes why poetry matters and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message can... (read more)

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The Trouble with Genius: Reading Pound, Joyce, Stein, and Zukofsky
The Trouble with Genius: Reading Pound, Joyce, Stein, and Zukofsky
by Bob Perelman
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"Most poets define poetry by creating it. Bob Perelman creates it by defining it, and is thus one step ahead of all the other poets under the sun, one step closer to colliding with Zeno's vanishing point, to merging coyote with road runner, to winning... (read more)

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Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul
Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul
by Judith Valente
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The great poets help us look carefully and deeply at the world. When we do this, we find that God is there. This is the powerful spiritual truth that drives Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul, an extraordinary celebration of the poet's craft that opens... (read more)

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Poetry and the World
Poetry and the World
by Robert Pinsky
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A collection of sharp, entertaining, and informative essays by poet Robert Pinsky, Poetry and the World is a passionate inquiry into poetry's place in the modem world. Combining the arts of criticism and autobiography, Pinsky writes about poets as... (read more)

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Second Things
Second Things
by Daniel Tobin
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In the Harvard Review, critic Christopher Bock writes that ...Four Way Books is known for taking risks with aesthetically challenging and important work, and Tobin seems more ambitious than many of his contemporaries.... Second Things is Daniel Tobin's... (read more)

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Selected Essays
Selected Essays
by Hayden Carruth
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Essays on poetry by an acclaimed poet-critic.... (read more)

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How to Read a Poem
How to Read a Poem
by Burton Raffel
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An introductory text that is both an anthology of over 200 poems and a comprehensive exploration of the form. Over 100 poets featured; those most widely represented include Blake, Byron, cummings, Dickinson, Donne, Alan Dugan, Frost, Louise Gluck, George... (read more)

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Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry
Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry
by Stephen Burt
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Essays and critical writings on contemporary poetry by Stephen Burt, “the finest critic of his generation” (Lucie Brock-Broido) Stephen Burts Close Calls with Nonsense provokes readers into the elliptical worlds of Rae Armantrout, Paul... (read more)

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