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Creativity and the Poetic Mind
     

Creativity and the Poetic Mind

by Jean Tobin
 

ISBN-10: 0820469440

ISBN-13: 9780820469447

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Creativity and the Poetic Mind mingles the voices of well-known writers such as Nikki Giovanni, Donald Hall, John Koethe, Marge Piercy, and Robert Pinsky with newer voices, and includes engaging excerpts from interviews with thirty-eight American poets. Within a sustained argument about creative states of mind, this book innovatively presents and explores the

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Creativity and the Poetic Mind mingles the voices of well-known writers such as Nikki Giovanni, Donald Hall, John Koethe, Marge Piercy, and Robert Pinsky with newer voices, and includes engaging excerpts from interviews with thirty-eight American poets. Within a sustained argument about creative states of mind, this book innovatively presents and explores the technique of «going to the place» as more reliable in writing poetry than waiting for «inspiration». It explains why poets frequently believe that talking about their own poetry may damage their creativity and why, for centuries, inspiration has seemed to come from somewhere beyond the poet. In addition, it discusses the practicality of poets’ thinking that «being creative» and «writing poetry» are two separate skills: inspiration is unreliable, but experienced poets create daily.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820469447
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Studies in Modern Poetry , #16
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Chapter 1Introduction1
Chapter 2Scheduled Joy15
Joy26
Energy: The Writer's High and Other Stimulants37
Depression and Suicidal Tendencies45
Shift to the Positive49
Chapter 3The Hidden Gods57
Devotion to Poetry61
Nonplused or Negative69
Working in the Dark78
A Note in Summary94
Chapter 4Metaphors for Creativity97
Burial and Birth99
Streams, Ponds, and Pots of Water114
Journeys, Flight, and Exile126
Voices136
A Note in Summary142
Chapter 5Meditative Awareness145
A Grievous Lack of Words153
The "Blown Back Out"162
A Note in Summary176
Chapter 6Back Burners179
Mapping the Mind194
The "Self Module"200
The "Poet Module"204
A Note in Summary208
Chapter 7The Invisible Cape211
A Further Note244
"Bodily Energy"246
Chapter 8A Certain Professionalism257
Not by Inspiration Alone266
Notes in Conclusion287
Appendix A295
Appendix B297
Notes299
Works Cited309
List of Poets Interviewed315
Index325

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