Overview

In Mentor and Muse, a collection of twenty-nine insightful essays by some of today’s leading poetic minds, editors Blas Falconer, Beth Martinelli, and Helena Mesa have brought together an illuminating anthology that draws upon both established and emerging poets to create a one-of-a-kind resource and unlock the secrets of writing and revising poetry.
            Gathered here are numerous experts eager to share their wisdom ...

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Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets

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Overview

In Mentor and Muse, a collection of twenty-nine insightful essays by some of today’s leading poetic minds, editors Blas Falconer, Beth Martinelli, and Helena Mesa have brought together an illuminating anthology that draws upon both established and emerging poets to create a one-of-a-kind resource and unlock the secrets of writing and revising poetry.
            Gathered here are numerous experts eager to share their wisdom with other writers. Each author examines in detail a particular poetic element, shedding new light on the endless possibilities of poetic forms. Addressed within are such topics as the fluid possibilities of imagery in poetry; the duality of myth and the personal, and the power of one to unlock the other; the surprising versatility of traditional poetic forms; and the pleasure of collaboration with other poets. Also explored in depth are the formative roles of cultural identity and expectations, and their effect on composition; advice on how to develop one’s personal poetic style and approach; the importance of setting in reading and meaning; and the value of indirection in the lyric poem. Challenges to conventional concepts of beauty are examined through Shakespeare’s sonnets, and the ghost of Longfellow is called upon to guide students through the rewards and roadblocks of writing popular poetry. Poetic persona is demystified through Newton’s law of gravity, while the countless permutations of punctuation are revealed with analysis of e. e. cummings and W. S. Merwin.



            The essays include the full text of the poems discussed, and detailed, relevant writing exercises that allow students the opportunity to directly implement the strategies they have learned. While many advanced topics such as authenticity, discordant music, and prosody are covered, this highly readable volume is as user-friendly as it is informative. Offering a variety of aesthetics and approaches to tackling the issues of composition, Mentor and Muse takes poets beyond the simple stages of poetic terms and strategies. These authors invite students to explore more advanced concepts, enabling them to draw on the traditions of the past while at the same time forging their own creative paths into the future.



 



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809385874
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 239
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Blas Falconer teaches poetry and memoir at Austin Peay State University.  He is the author of A Question of Gravity and Light.



 



Beth Martinelli’s poems appear in numerous literary magazines, including The Threepenny Review, Bellingham Review, and Pleaides.  Her chapbook, To Darkness, was published in 2007.



 



Helena Mesa is an assistant professor of English at Albion College.  She has written poems for several literary journals, including Indiana Review and Barrow Street.  



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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1

Double Vision: The Tactic of Indirection in the Lyric Poem Patricia Clark 7

Lookalikes Stanley Plumly 13

Beauty and Its Opposite Conceit Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan 16

The Arresting and Fluxing Image Victoria Chang 21

Gallant with Delight: A Use of Setting Jeff Hardin 29

Not Metaphor but Magic: The "How" and Why of Narrative Poetry Lisa D. Chávez 35

Myth, Persona, and the Personal Shara McCallum 46

The Self Made Stranger On Translating Tomasz Rózycki's"Iterations" Mira Rosenthal 53

The Uncanny in the Short Lyric Deirdre O'Connor 58

2

Recorting Mortal Sight: The Drama of Prosody Phillis Levin 65

The Physics of Persona Poems A. Van Jordan 85

"For he can creep": Christopher Smart and Anaphora Joelle Biele 93

The Burden of Seed, the Seed of Burden: "Resperitional Schemas" & Pace in Terrance Hayes's "Sonnet" Metta Sáma 101

"Slapped: with;li GhtninG": Poetry and Punctuation Susanna Rich 107

The Active Blank: The White Space Speaks Elline Lipkin 114

Back to Back: An Epistolary Essay on Collaboration Alice George Cecilia Pinto 124

The Quarrelsome Poem Michael Theune 133

"Memento Mori" and Terza Rima: A Revision Narrative Diane Thiel 145

The Eccentric Discipline Michael Waters 153

3

"Winter Gulls": Toward Authenticity Nancy Eimers 159

Longfellow's Ghost: Writing "Popular"Poetry Angela Sorby 165

Pimpin'Out Maria Melendez 170

Breaking with Strategy William Olsen 175

Writing Against Your Music Kevjn Prufer 183

"Lucifer Matches"Epistles and Other Conversations(The Epistolary Lyric) Jane Satterfield 188

(On Preparing for a Tribute Reading) A Few Thoughts on O'Hara's "Personal Poem" Ralph Angel 197

Hiding YOUR Heart's Desire David Keplinger 207

The Poem Its Buried Subject and the Revisionist Reader Behind "The Guardian Angel" Stephen Dunn 210

Bring Yourself Along Mary Ann Samyn 218

Creditors 229

Contributors 233

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