In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop

In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop

by Steve Kowit, Dorianne Laux
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Tilbury House Publishers
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In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop

An illuminating and invaluable guide for beginners wary of modern poetry, as well as for more advanced students who want to sharpen their craft and write poems that expand their technical skills, excite their imaginations, and engage their deepest memories and concerns.Ideal for teachers who have been searching for a way to inspire students with a love for writing—and reading—contemporary poetry.It is a book about shaping your memories and passions, your pleasures, obsessions, dreams, secrets, and sorrows into the poems you have always wanted to write. If you long to create poetry that is magical and moving, this is the book you've been looking for.Here are chapters on the language and music of poetry, the art of revision, traditional and experimental techniques, and how to get your poetry started, perfected, and published. Not the least of the book's pleasures are model poems by many of the best contemporary poets, illuminating craft discussions, and the author's detailed suggestions for writing dozens of poems about your deepest and most passionate concerns.

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ISBN-13: 9780884481492
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2003
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 301,487
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that as a college student that has now taken the writing class in which this is one of two of my text books, this book is the best 15 bucks I ever spent on a text book!! This book is always informative, with a little history to go with the nuts and bolts. Loads of examples fill the chapters to help you understand from the masters at our craft. These are all important, as Kowit takes us through the realm of poetry. As a begginers guide, I would recomend it as well as a text book for college and H.S. teachers alike. Plus, its just plain easy to read. When I start teacing soon, I will defnitly use this as a required text, and teach out of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this beautifully crafted work, Steve Kowit takes ANYONE interested in writing poetry through a guided tour of wonderful examples and inspirations. His exercises will have your creative juices virtually erupting and you will find yourself truly understanding the concept of 'looking at the world with a poets eye (and listening and feeling and tasting, too). He follows his own advise and doesn't just 'tell,' he 'shows.' If you can't be lucky enough to attend one of his classes or workshops in person, he has given you one here 'In the Palm of Your Hand.' This should be on the bookshelf of every poetry teacher in the country and everyone else who wants to discover the joys (and pains!) of poetry writing.