The Mind's Eye: A Guide to Writing Poetry / Edition 1

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The Mind’s Eye, written by a published poet, focuses on imagery and sound and has the added benefit of being concise, inexpensive, and handy. Contemporary poetry as well as traditional form is discussed, with an emphasis on contemporary poets — more than ninety of them — and three student poets. Chapters deal with difficult topics such as racism, war, mortality, gender, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205498239
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 11/2/2007
  • Series: Pearson English Value Textbook Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 331,670
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning poet, Kevin Clark is the author of the collection In the Evening of No Warning. His poems and essays have appeared widely in places such as The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, The Southern Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, he teaches at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. He lives with his wife and children on California’s central coast, where he continues to play upper division softball "despite legs like ancient concrete and more injuries than Evel Knievel."

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Table of Contents




The Mind's Eye


Sound and Idiom



Words that Paint, Images that Speak

Painting Pictures with Words

The Power of a Single Image

Rendering Human Drama

The Verb as Catalyst

Exploring with Images

The Quicksand of Abstraction

A Note on Revision

Getting Started

The Poet’s Note Card


The Lively Image vs. The Deadly Cliché

Observations that Surprise

Metaphors and Similes


The Interior World

The Other Senses

Dramatizing Everyday Subjects

The Poet's Note Card


The Sound of Contemporary Poetry

Why Poems Don’t Sing Like Songs

Conversational Poetry

Musical Poetry

How We Talk Back Home

Poems That Go Fast

Revising for Sound

The Poet's Note Card


Conflict and Transformation

The Problem of the Human Heart

Tension and Conflict

The Transformative Moment

Portraying Stasis

Sentiment vs. Sentimentality

Revising for Clarity

The Poet's Note Card


Do Poems Have Plot?

Keeping Your Reader on Edge

Lyric Interludes

Narrative and the Transformative Moment


Heightening the Drama

Stories of Childhood


The Poet's Note Card


Empathy and Creativity

Becoming the Other

The Historical Persona

Dramatizing Current Events


The Psyche Under Pressure

The Poet's Note Card


Leaping through Time and Space

The Poetic Sequence

Multiple Pictures

Multiple Narratives

Non-Numerical Sequences

Revising toward the Sequence

The Poet's Note Card


Frames and Forms

Free Verse and the Question of Form

Syllabics, Metrics and Blank Verse


The Sonnet

The Villanelle

The Sestina

The Poet's Note Card


Stanzas, Prose, and the Field of the Page

Organizing Words on the Page

The Prose Poem


Visual Caesurae

The Poet's Note Card



The Logic of Alogical Images

Nonsense vs. Instinct

Dream Poems

Dreamtime and Magical Realism

The Poet's Note Card


Writing about Sadness

The Elegy

Imagery and Restraint


Expectation and Surprise

The Poet's Note Card


Poetry and Eros

The Predicament of the Love Poem

Conflict and Tone

The Language of Desire

Erotic Poetry

The Poet's Note Card


The Poetry of Witness


War and Witness

Writing about Racism

Poems about Gender

The Question of Culpability

The Poet's Note Card


Stretching the Imagination

The Next Challenge


The Drama of Sport

The Serious Business of the Funny Poem

Divinity and Uncertainty

Philosophical Imagery

The Poet's Note Card


Breaking the Rules, Nurturing the Weird

Eccentricity and Voice

Being Different

Associative Journeys

Undermining the Rules of Grammar

Enigma Poems

The Poet's Note Card


The Culture of Poetry

Writing Groups

Public Readings

How to Get Published

• Choosing Journals

• Submitting Poems by Mail

• Submitting Poems by Email

• Keeping a Submissions Log

• On Simultaneous Submissions

• Rejection and Acceptance

The Poet's Note Card

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