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The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
by Kim Addonizio
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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... (read more)

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Making of a Poem: a Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (00 Edition)
Making of a Poem: a Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (00 Edition)
by Mark Strand
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Two beloved and esteemed poets have collaborated on this intimate and useful anthology illuminating the history, practice, and wonder of our most elusive art. Intended for all those who love poetry, including teachers, readers, writers, and students, The... (read more)

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The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach
The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach
by Robin Behn
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A distinctive collection of more than 90 effective poetry-writing exercises combined with corresponding essays to inspire writers of all levels.... (read more)

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Letters to a Young Poet
Letters to a Young Poet
by Rainer Maria Rilke
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From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young would-be poet, on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Accompanying the letters is a chronicle of Rilke's life showing what he was experiencing in his... (read more)

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In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop
In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop
by Steve Kowit
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An illuminating and invaluable guide for beginners wary of modern poetry, as well as for more advanced students who want to sharpen their craft and write poems that expand their technical skills, excite their imaginations, and engage their deepest... (read more)

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Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters
Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters
by Robert Pinsky
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Quick, joyful, and playfully astringent, with surprising comparisons and examples, this collection takes an unconventional approach to the art of poetry. Instead of rules, theories, or recipes, Singing School emphasizes ways to learn from great work... (read more)

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Crossing Unmarked Snow : Further Views on the Writer's Vocation (98 Edition)
Crossing Unmarked Snow : Further Views on the Writer's Vocation (98 Edition)
by William Stafford
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"It is this impulse to change the quality of experience that I recognize as central to creation. . . . Out of all that could be done, you choose one thing. What that one thing is, nothing else can tell you--you come at it over unmarked snow." --William... (read more)

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Writing the Australian Crawl (Poets on Poetry)
Writing the Australian Crawl (Poets on Poetry)
by William Stafford
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Stafford's advice to beginning poets has become a favorite text in writing programs... (read more)

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Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
by Kim Addonizio
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Inspired by the gratifying success of Companion, Kim Addonizio presents exciting new insights into the creative process, craft, and the lessons of her own creative subjects--love, loss, identity, community--are here, along with a heady variety of writing... (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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The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets
The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets
by Ted Kooser
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Poet Laureate of the United States Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Delights & Shadows Ted Kooser could be mistaken for an average guy except for one thing: He writes poetry. That activity sets him apart from most of his neighbors, since they, like most... (read more)

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The poet's handbook
The poet's handbook
by Judson Jerome
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Jerome expertly guides readers through the poetry writing process teaching how to merge mechanics with art to produce poetry that will endure.... (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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Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse
Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse
by Mary Oliver
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"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, / As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance," wrote Alexander Pope. "The dance," in the case of Oliver's brief and luminous book, refers to the interwoven pleasures of sound and sense to be found in... (read more)

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Art of Recklessness (10 Edition)
Art of Recklessness (10 Edition)
by Dean Young
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In Dean Youngs sprawling and subversive first book of prose on poetry, imagination swerves into primitivism and surrealism and finally toward empathy. How can recklessness guide the poet, the artist, and the reader into art, and how can it excite in us a... (read more)

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Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making
Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making
by John Fox
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Powerful and exciting, Poetic Medicine illustrates the unique role that poem-making can have in addressing the situations that lead us to renewal in our lives. John Fox's book is designed for readers wanting to tap their creative energy in order to make... (read more)

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Be a Poet!
Be a Poet!
by Nancy Bogen
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Originally published in 2007 by Twickenham Press, Be a Poet! is a friendly, accessible guidebook for beginning poets of all ages and situations, containing many exercises designed to expand their repertoire of rhythms and forms. Bogen uses examples from... (read more)

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The Prosody Handbook: A Guide to Poetic Form
The Prosody Handbook: A Guide to Poetic Form
by Karl Shapiro
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Written by two major American poets, this guide to versification is immensely useful for anyone interested in poetry or in general poetic structure. Its systematic study of meter, tempo, rhyme, and other components of verse incorporates countless vivid... (read more)

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Poetry as Spiritual Practice: Reading, Writing, and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations, and Intentions
Poetry as Spiritual Practice: Reading, Writing, and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations, and Intentions
by Robert McDowell
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"[When we read and write poetry,] it is as if a long-settled cloud in our mind suddenly dissipates, and we are divine once again." -- from the Introduction Poetry is the language of devotion in prayer, chant, and song. Reading and writing poetry creates... (read more)

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How to Make a Life as a Poet
How to Make a Life as a Poet
by Gary Mex Glazner
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In his follow-up to the well-received How to Make a Living as a Poet, Gary Mex Glazner interviews poets on the many — and sometimes surprising — ways they bring the art into their lives and the lives of others. Among the many interviews: Marc... (read more)

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