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

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Overview

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: 722,859
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.70 (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

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction

The Mind's Eye

Imagery

Sound and Idiom

Imagination

One

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

Two

The Lively Image vs. The Deadly Cliché

Observations that Surprise

Metaphors and Similes

Listing

The Interior World

The Other Senses

Dramatizing Everyday Subjects

The Poet's Note Card

Three

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

Four

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

Five

Do Poems Have Plot?

Keeping Your Reader on Edge

Lyric Interludes

Narrative and the Transformative Moment

Braiding

Heightening the Drama

Stories of Childhood

Closure

The Poet's Note Card

Six

Empathy and Creativity

Becoming the Other

The Historical Persona

Dramatizing Current Events

Myth

The Psyche Under Pressure

The Poet's Note Card

Seven

Leaping through Time and Space

The Poetic Sequence

Multiple Pictures

Multiple Narratives

Non-Numerical Sequences

Revising toward the Sequence

The Poet's Note Card

Eight

Frames and Forms

Free Verse and the Question of Form

Syllabics, Metrics and Blank Verse

Rhyming

The Sonnet

The Villanelle

The Sestina

The Poet's Note Card

Nine

Stanzas, Prose, and the Field of the Page

Organizing Words on the Page

The Prose Poem

Aeration

Visual Caesurae

The Poet's Note Card

Ten

Surrealism

The Logic of Alogical Images

Nonsense vs. Instinct

Dream Poems

Dreamtime and Magical Realism

The Poet's Note Card

Eleven

Writing about Sadness

The Elegy

Imagery and Restraint

Threnody

Expectation and Surprise

The Poet's Note Card

Twelve

Poetry and Eros

The Predicament of the Love Poem

Conflict and Tone

The Language of Desire

Erotic Poetry

The Poet's Note Card

Thirteen

The Poetry of Witness

Restraint

War and Witness

Writing about Racism

Poems about Gender

The Question of Culpability

The Poet's Note Card

Fourteen

Stretching the Imagination

The Next Challenge

Eckphrasis

The Drama of Sport

The Serious Business of the Funny Poem

Divinity and Uncertainty

Philosophical Imagery

The Poet's Note Card

Fifteen

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

Appendix

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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