The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry [NOOK Book]

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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...

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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393340884
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/22/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 279,356
  • File size: 489 KB

Meet the Author

Kim Addonizio is a fiction writer, poet, and teacher. Her poetry collections include Tell Me, a finalist for the National Book Award,  What Is This Thing Called Love, and Lucifer at the Starlite. She lives in Oakland, California.

Dorianne Laux has been a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Subjects for Writing
Writing and Knowing 19
The Family: Inspiration and Obstacle 30
Death and Grief 39
Writing the Erotic 46
The Shadow 56
Witnessing 64
Poetry of Place 74
The Poet's Craft
Images 85
Simile and Metaphor 94
The Music of the Line 104
Voice and Style 115
Stop Making Sense: Dreams and Experiments 129
Meter, Rhyme, and Form 138
Repetition, Rhythm, and Blues 151
More Repetition: Villanelle, Pantoum, Sestina 161
A Grammatical Excursion 171
The Energy of Revision 186
The Writing Life
Self-Doubt 195
Writer's Block 199
Writing in the Electronic Age 204
Getting Published 217
Twenty-Minute Writing Exercises 225
App. A Books on Poetry and Writing 257
App. B Anthologies for Further Reading 261
App. C Finding Markets for Your Poems 266
App. D More Resources for Writers 267
Credits 272
Index 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2003

    quite inspiring

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    A world of Information

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2002

    Fantastic!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    A Great book for young and old alike

    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.

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