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Creativity and the Poetic Mind

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820469447
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Studies in Modern Poetry
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Scheduled Joy 15
Ch. 3 The Hidden Gods 57
Ch. 4 Metaphors for Creativity 97
Ch. 5 Meditative Awareness 145
Ch. 6 Back Burners 179
Ch. 7 The Invisible Cape 211
Ch. 8 A Certain Professionalism 257
App. A 295
App. B 297
Notes 299
Works Cited 309
List of Poets Interviewed 315
Index 325
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