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Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out

0380797038


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From Publishers Weekly
Throw out the formidable rhythm and rhyme schemes: Ralph Fletcher's Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out laughs in the face of formality. Organized into two sections "Lighting the Spark" and "Nurturing the Flame" and peppered with interviews with published poets, Fletcher's accessible volume teaches kids to write poetry from the heart. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9-A concise, nuts-and-bolts guide to creating poetry. The book begins by defining poems as "emotional X-rays" that seek to delve into a person's inner being. Chapters deal with images; creating "music," or sounds and rhythms; how to generate ideas for poems; the construction of the words on the page; and more. Tips on fine-tuning are...


The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
Kim Addonizio
0393316548
September 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
"We wanted to create a book," say poets Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux in their introduction to The Poet's Companion, "that would focus on both craft and process." The book they have created is an impassioned exploration of poetry writing that addresses subject matter, craft, and the writing life. The reigning wisdom is that poets, like other creative writers, should write what they know. "The trick," say the authors, "is to find out what we know, challenge what we know, own what we know, and then give it away in language." Elsewhere they add that, while "as poets, we need to write from our experience ... that experience may be mental, emotional, and imaginative as well as physical."

Addonizio and Laux are lively spokespersons for the poet's life; they pepper their...



Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry

0684824388


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Book Review
Ordinary mortals and poet scholars alike will find something to love in Koch's down-to-earth approach to making sense of that most head scratching of literary genres. Asserting that "poetry ... is a separate language," he steers clear of the stodgy, hidden-meaning school of deciphering poems (wherein the reader digs through the poem "for some elusive and momentous significance") and takes us instead on a tour through the tonal, rhythmical, and metrical aspects of poetry. Yes, it's about the music: "The sound of words is raised to an importance equal to that of their meaning, and also to the importance of grammar and syntax." But rather than asking us to simply take his word for it, Koch provides lively and insightful examples (including many rarely anthologized poems). For instance, why does "two and two are rather green"...


Writing Poems, Sixth Edition

0321094239


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Book Description
This book offers comprehensive coverage of the creative process and the technical aspects of writing poetry. Filled with practical advice and numerous examples, Writing Poems is appropriate for both the beginning and advanced poet. Its anthology of classic and contemporary poems enlivens its readers' understanding of poetry, illustrates poetic principles, and, above all, inspires writing. With clear explanations, a lively presentation, and in-depth discussions, this book demystifies the process of writing poems and provides the guidance needed to help writers improve their craft. For anyone interested in writing poetry

From the Back Cover
This book offers comprehensive coverage of the creative process and the technical aspects of writing poetry. Filled with practical...


Writing Smarts: A Girl's Guide to Great Poetry, Stories, School Reports and More!
Kerry Madden
1584855053
June 2002
Paperback
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry
Nikki Moustaki
0028641418
Mar 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Is writing poetry alive and well beyond the ivory walls of academia? Yes, and it always has been. With The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry, aspiring poets-those who write for their own pleasure and those who dream of publication--will have the world of poetry opened wide. You'll learn about poetic process; how to "paint with words" using imagery; how to create memorable metaphors; how to use repetition and rhyme; how to get the most of tenor, tone, and voice; and how to deal with writer's block. Lessons on writing love poems, fixed forms, chants, sonnets, limericks and more are also included. Poetry groups, conferences, competitions, colonies and workshops are also covered, as well as practical advice on how to get your poems published. You'll find dozens of inspiring poetry exercises, and a whole chapter of...


Writing Poetry
Barbara Drake
015500154X
January 1994
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
WRITING POETRY is intended to be an all-purpose poetry writing textbook, a fount of inspiration and informtion on the writing process, a solid first step for beginners, and a source of ideas for writers and teachers at all levels. Taken from the Greek word meaning making something up, poetry gos beyond the simple act of creation to inspire. In this textbook, the core structure of the genre is dissected so the intangible may be a little more understood. WRITING POETRY is an appreciative study of an allusive art.


2006 Poets Market (Poet's Market)
Nancy Breen (Editor)
1582974004
August 5, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Poet's Market is more than an all-in-one resource; it's an indispensable tool for any poet interested in publishing work. This year's guide includes: -More than 1,800 market listings, all updated and easy to use -Valuable information and advice from successful poets and poetry insiders, including Jessie Lendennie, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ann Gasser, Greg Kosmicki, Ronald Wallace, David Tucker, Sandra Alcosser, and more -A variety of indexes, including Chapbook Publishers, Book Publishers, Openness to Submissions, Geographical, and Subject Indexes, make identifying and targeting potential markets easier for poets With five listing sections, informational articles, and interviews, Poet's Market is a total package no poet should be without.


Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets
Ted Kooser
0803227698
July 2005
Textbook Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Now the 13th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the Iowa-born, Nebraska-based Kooser has 40 years' experience in constructing verse. Like Wallace Stevens, Kooser was for many years an insurance executive, and begins chapter one with the following admonition: "You'll never be able to make a living writing poems." The soundness of that advice sets the tone for this no-nonsense book, which "advocates for poems that can be read and understood without professional interpretation." To that end, he offers plenty of examples from contemporary poets like Jane Hirschfield and B.H. Fairchild (as well as from his own work), explaining uses of rhyme, meter, imagery and other fundamentals without resorting to overly technical language. He stresses the use of judicious detail (which has its source in...


Legacies : Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction
Jan Zlotnik Schmidt, Carley Rees Bogarad
1413011268
July 12, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Legacies is an anthology for literature for composition courses that is thematically organized with abundant rhetoric, composition, and argument coverage. Themes outside the usual selections such as "The Heroic Journey" are included as are themes arranged by cluster within the units. Thematic previews at the beginning of each chapter cover al of the genres and show how selections can be studied within the context of the various genres. Each chapter offers a model student essay such as thematic analysis and explication.


How to Publish Your Poetry
Helene Ciaravino
0757000010
Jan 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
If how-to books are supposed to be opinionated, informative and sophisticated, this guide from Ciaravino (How to Pray: A Practical Guide to Prayer) is less a beginning poet's guide than a gentle and repetitive initiation for the completely cluelessAbut, blessedly, they're out there. The target audience of 20,000 (the book's first printing) seems to be those who come to poetry through self-help programs or sui generis verbal implosions, or who are otherwise completely out of the loop of periodicals, presses and academic programsAindeed of poetry of any sort: "This poet, whose full name is Thomas Stearns Eliot, has influenced history with his work." Almost none of the actual presses, magazines and programs that make up the current scene are described, evaluated or even mentioned hereAalthough the publications that...


The Art and Craft of Poetry: What Works, What Doesn't and Why, with Methods to Generate Poems, and Examples from Shakespeare to Olds.
Michael Bugeja
1582971013
August 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Poets will build their poetry-writing skills with help from past and contemporary masters--everything from generating ideas to examining the finished poem. They'll learn how to: * Use journals to develop their observational skills and turn life experiences into ideas for poems * Master the tools of the trade--voice, line, stanza, title, meter and rhyme * Acquire fluency in a variety of poetry formats and forms, everything from narrative, lyric and dramatic verse (traditional formats) to fixed, free and sequence styles (traditional forms) * Fine tune their work Exercises, assignments and sample work from more than 100 standout poets--everyone from Louise Glück to Walt Whitman--ensure that every reader, whether poet, student or bibliophile, discovers just how extraordinary poetry can be.

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Poet's Dictionary
William Packard
0062720457
July 1994
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Packard's experience as editor of The New York Quarterly and as a professor of poetry is evident in his work. This handbook is for the practicing writer, offering "brief and accurate definitions . . . together with a larger overview." Whatdistinguishes it from such established predecessors as Babette Deutsch's Poetry Handbook (1974) and the Princeton Handbook of Poetic Terms (Princeton Univ. Pr., 1986), derived from the larger Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (1974, rev. ed.), is the extensive selection of examples, from ancient Greek to contemporary work. It is also aimed less at the descriptive scholar and more at the working poet. Included is a brief appendix on manuscript submission. Poets, readers, and teachers of poetry will enjoy it.- Stephen H. Cape, Indiana Univ. Lib., BloomingtonCopyright 1989...


Works for Children and Young Adults
Langston Hughes
0826214983
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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Teaching Second Graders to Love Writing Poetry (Kids' Poems)
Regie Routman
0590227327
February 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Regie Routman shares her delightful selection of free verse poems written by second graders that will inspire your second graders to think, I can write poems like this too! Regie provides strategies for using kids' poems as models to guide children to write poems about things they know and care about, including the trauma of eating peas, the pleasure of reading, the thrill of playing hockey. She describes the way she invites children to study the model poem, beginning by asking kids, What do you notice? She shows how she demonstrates the poetry-writing process to children: thinking aloud and drafting poems about her own life, and then inviting children to write on their own. Includes 20 reproducible poems written and illustrated by second graders to share with kids. Perfect for classroom teachers and parents! For use...


The Practice of Poetry : Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach
Robin Behn
006273024X
September 23, 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
A distinctive collection of more than 90 effective poetry-writing exercises combined with corresponding essays to inspire writers of all levels.


The Everything Writing Poetry Book
Tina D. Eliopulos
1593373228
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This all-in-one reference, by two published poets, is the one book readers need to get started writing quality poetry. Filled with examples from celebrated poets, this step-by-step guide shows how to express ideas, thoughts, and emotions using imagery, metaphor, and tone. The Everything Writing Poetry Book features: Exercises that help readers hone their skills Guidance on following basic poetic structure Information on how to start a poetry group Valuable advice for getting published

About the Author
Tina D. Eliopulos is a graduate of Boise State University and Eastern Washington University. She has served as both poetry and fiction editor for Red Rock Review, a national literary journal published by the Community College of Southern Nevada. She has also taught composition,...


In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop
Steve Kowit
0884481492
June 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
Steve Kowit believes, and rightly so, that poetry should show, not tell. The same could be said for good teaching, which is what makes this volume so remarkable. In In the Palm of Your Hand Kowit employs more than 100 poems and excerpts to illustrate his discussions on everything from metaphor to meter to metaphysics. Working your way through this book--and it is work--is like sitting in on a terrific creative-writing seminar, minus the criticism (both constructive and destructive) of fellow students. If you go by the book, you'll have written at least 69 poems by the end. Because of its explication of the basic tenets of poetry, In the Palm of Your Hand might be mistaken for a beginners' book only. That would be a shame. There are so many good ideas here that more experienced poets won't want to miss...


The Art of Poetry Writing
William Packard
031207641X
June 1992
Hardcover
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Review
"By now the number of how-to books about poetry is beyond count, yet there is hardly a classic among them. Packard's book qualifies." --Karl Shapiro

"William Packard surely must be one of the great editors of our time." --James Dickey


Teaching Third and Fourth Graders to Love Writing Poetry
Regie Routman
0590227351
February 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Teaching Third and Fourth Graders to Love Writing PoetryJust for Third & Fourth Grades!Renowned teacher Regie Routman shares her poetry-teaching strategies and a delightful selection of poems written by third-and fourth graders. Regie provides easy, wonderful lessons on using students' poems—and other poems—as models to invite children to write free-verse poems about things they know and care about, from bossy sisters to the simple pleasure of eating french fries! Includes strategies for writing poems about social studies and science topics. Includes 20 reproducible poems by third and fourth graders, show in handwritten draft and final published form to share with kids. With this approach, ever student feels successful as a writer.

About the Author
Regie Routman has...


Heartsongs
Mattie J.T. Stepanek
078686947X
August 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Now available in hardcover, a special gift edition with 16 pages of new poems and illustrations, the national bestseller that introduced millions of people to Mattie J.T. Stepanek

About the Author
Mattie J.T. Stepanek has made several appearances on Oprah, and has also been a guest on Good Morning America, Prime Time Live, National Public Radio, and Book TV, and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, and People.


Teaching First Graders to Love Writing Poetry
Regie Routman
0590227343
February 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Teaching First Graders to Love Writing PoetryJust for First Grade!Renowned teacher Regie Routman shares her poetry-teaching strategies and a delightful selection of poems written by first graders. Regie provides easy, wonderful lessons on using students' poems—and other poems—as models to invite children to write free-verse poems about things they know and care about: skating, best friends, pet dogs, and more. She describes the way she invites children to study the model poem, beginning by asking kids, What do you notice? Includes 20 reproducible poems by first graders, show in handwritten draft and final published form to share with kids. With this approach, ever child is successful as a writer.

About the Author
Regie Routman has been teaching in public schools...


Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem: A Guide to Writing Poetry
Wendy Bishop
0321011309
December 20, 1999
Paperback
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The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics
Lewis Turco
1584650222
March 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Companion to the Book of Literary Terms, an indispensable handbook, revised and updated for today's users.

From the Publisher
5 x 7 1/2 trim. LC 99-39099

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You Hear Me : Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys (Betsy Franco Yas)
Betsy Franco (Editor), Nina Nickles (Photographer)
076361159X
May 1, 2001
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Through these mostly free-verse lines, the hopes, dreams, fears, and desires of young men from different cultures and backgrounds shine through. They pull no punches with their words in these openly honest, raw, and sometimes tender selections. They talk about what you'd expect-drugs, girls, AIDS, sex, parents-sometimes in unexpected ways. For example, 12-year-old Quantedius Hall's first stanza-"Time Somebody Told Me/That I am lovely, good and real/That I am beautiful inside/If they only knew/How that would make me feel." What do these boys want? "I want to live my life/through peace and knowledge./-I want to wake up/to clean, fresh air/blowing in my face," says 14-year-old John Merrell. Others speak of the fear of alternately being abandoned and loved, of being shunned or ridiculed. Obviously,...

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