Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets

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Contemporary poets offer behind-the-scenes perspectives on the poetic process.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438431765
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Excelsior Editions
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ToddDavis, winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, is theauthor or editor of several books of literary and cultural criticism, as well asthree volumes of poetry:Ripe,Some Heaven,andThe Least of These.Erin Murphyis the author of threevolumes of poetry:Science of Desire, TooMuch of This World,andDislocationand Other Theories,which won the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence.Both Davis and Murphy serve on the English and creative writing faculty at thePennsylvania State University, Altoona College.
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Table of Contents

Learning to Make Poems—An Introduction

Red Sugar
Finding Red Sugar
Jan Beatty

Man of the Year
Strange Tercets: Merry Men, Iambic Feet, and Poetic Transgression
Robin Becker

Knot Tying Lessons: The Slip Knot
The Knot of the Poem
Fleda Brown

Brother André’s Heart: Montreal, 2003
Tenebrae: Living In/Among Shadows
J. L. Conrad

Factory Jungle
OK for Shipment
Jim Daniels

Loving the Flesh
The Body of Poetry
Todd Davis

Elegy with Fall’s Last Filaments
On “Elegy with Fall’s Last Filaments”
Chris Dombrowski

To W. S. Merwin
Translating My Way into a Poem
Dan Gerber

Contemplation with Ledges and Moon
Writing into the Evening
Jeff Gundy

On “Pink”
Kimiko Hahn

From the Out-There
William Heyen

Awash with blushing textures, your hips, lipped lilies
There Is No Avoiding
H. L. Hix

Shut Up & Dance
John Hoppenthaler

Sonnets for the Amish Girls of Nickel Mines
Every Buggy Has Four Wheels: Making “Sonnets for the Amish Girls of Nickel Mines”
Ann Hostetler

Double the Digits
Memory and the Problem of What Really Happened
Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Borges at the Northside Rotary
The Deliberate Transformed by the Accidental
David Kirby

Clown Baby’s Summer
The Natural Birth of Clown Baby, or How I Came to Midwife, Father, and Wet-nurse a Prose Poem Sequence
The Conception of Clown Baby
Gerry LaFemina

Up Late with Loons
Making Peace
Mary Linton

The Biography of a Poem
Shara McCallum

The Poem Stripped Bare by Her Author
Dinty W. Moore

Coveting Thy Neighbor’s Poem
Mary Rose O’Reilley The Third Winter
The Wild Horse
Erin Murphy

Anything Worthwhile
Lee Peterson

Orpheus, Gathering the Trees
In the Woodlot
Greg Rappleye

An Essay with Two Short Lectures: Revising “Sunday”
Keith Ratzlaff

Repairing the Hous
The Poem and I Have a Little Conversation
Jack Ridl

Coming Out of Caliban
Are You Watching?
Steven Sherrill

Revising My Memoirs
Cutting Logic Loose from Its Tethers
David Shumate

Christopher Street Pier (Summer)
Against Solitude
Aaron Smith

On “Blood”
Lucien Stryk

Hot Pads, Cold Pads
On the Writing of “Hot Pads, Cold Pads”
Mary Swander

Fishing on the Merrimack, My Father Sees a B-24
Prisoner of War
From Sunday Supplement to Sonnet
Sequence: A Poet’s Gift to Herself
Sue Ellen Thompson

Natasha Trethewey

At the Farmer’s Market in Eugene
In a Country at War
Brian Turner

The Weak Already Inherited
Lee Upton

Revisiting the Anniversary: A Ghost Story
G. C. Waldrep

The Eccentric Discipline
Michael Waters

Wesley Leaving
Leaving to Find Place in the Making of a Poem
Patricia Jabbeh

How Flatterers Must Be Shunned
The Prince’s Almond Trees: “How Flatterers Must Be Shunned”
Katharine Whitcomb

A Lock of Her Hair
The Charm by Which I Meant to Bring Her Back
Robert Wrigley

Contributor’s Notes


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