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The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
     

The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry

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by Kim Addonizio
 

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From the nuts and bolts of craft to the sources of inspiration, this book is for anyone who wants to write poetry-and do it well.

?The Poet's Companion ?presents brief essays on the elements of poetry, technique, and suggested subjects for writing, each followed by distinctive writing exercises. The ups and downs of writing life—including

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From the nuts and bolts of craft to the sources of inspiration, this book is for anyone who wants to write poetry-and do it well.

?The Poet's Companion ?presents brief essays on the elements of poetry, technique, and suggested subjects for writing, each followed by distinctive writing exercises. The ups and downs of writing life—including self-doubt and writer's block—are here, along with tips about getting published and writing in the electronic age. On your own, this book can be your "teacher," while groups, in or out of the classroom, can profit from sharing weekly assignments.

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Library Journal
Poets Addonizio and Laux warn against clich, and although textbooks on writing come a dime a dozen these days, theirs is head and shoulders above the rest. There are three main sections: "Subjects for Writing" (e.g. death, the erotic), "The Poet's Craft" (metaphor, rhyme), and "The Writing Life" (self-doubt, writer's block); four separate appendixes list other writing texts, anthologies, marketing tips, and electronic resources. The many exercises offered emerge largely from the intensive one-day workshops conducted by Addonizio and Laux. Both knowledgeable and practical in their approach, the authors offer everything a poet needs, including one feature more necessary than ever in the postliterate age yet absent from other writing texts: a gentle yet insistent lesson on grammar. Highly recommended for all libraries.David Kirby, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee
Marie Howe
“This feels like the book we've been waiting for: rigorous, generous, in love with the art of poetry, aware of the inner architecture of poems—and maybe it couldn't have been written by anyone but Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux, two passionate poets.”
Gerald Stern
“An intelligent, lucid conversation—between the authors and between them and us. I have been with them all—there is no better companion!”
Jane Hirshfield
“Thoughtful, generous, and accurate to both deeper truths and the craftwork it takes to hold them . . . a superb guide for the working poet.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393340884
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/22/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
367,938
File size:
501 KB

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Meet the Author

A finalist for the National Book Award, Kim Addonizio has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, and a Pushcart Prize. She divides her time between living in Oakland, California, and New York City.
Dorianne Laux has been a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Fueled with the want to write my own poetry, I set out to find a book on how to go about it, and this book was better than what I expected to find. It gives great ideas for writing, includes poems as examples and inspiration, and points out all the aspects for writing great poetry. I highly recommend it, no matter what level you're on.
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This book is very readable. I didn't like the student poems though. But the information about the places to publish and how to go about having your materials published is excellent. The assignments are challanging and a good way to overcome writers block. All in all a great buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic! Whenever I get writer's block, I just pick it up and it gives me loads of ideas. I rarley need to read more than a page or two before ideas spring to mind. I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book and could be enjoyed by anyone young or old. It helped me come along way in my own writing. The different exercises and topics really help alot. Comming from two authors who are experts in the subject of poetry I recommend this book to anyone interested in poetry no matter your level of experiance.