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The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets / Edition 1

The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets / Edition 1

by Ted Kooser
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Ted Kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for more than forty years. In the pages of The Poetry Home Repair Manual, Kooser brings those decades of experience to bear. Here are tools and insights, the instructions (and warnings against instructions) that poets—aspiring or practicing—can use to hone their craft, perhaps into art. Using examples from his own rich literary oeuvre and from the work of a number of successful contemporary poets, the author schools us in the critical relationship between poet and reader, which is fundamental to what Kooser believes is poetry’s ultimate purpose: to reach other people and touch their hearts.
Much more than a guidebook to writing and revising poems, this manual has all the comforts and merits of a long and enlightening conversation with a wise and patient old friend—a friend who is willing to share everything he’s learned about the art he’s spent a lifetime learning to execute so well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803259782
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Pages: 170
Sales rank: 248,197
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ted Kooser, former Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (2004-2006), is a visiting professor in the English department of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a retired insurance executive. He is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently the Pulitzer Prize-winning Delights & Shadows. His prose book, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, won numerous awards, including the Barnes and Noble Discover Award for nonfiction finalist, and is available in a Bison Books edition.


Garland, Nebraska

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Ames, Iowa


B.S., Iowa State University, 1962; M.A., University of Nebraska, 1968

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read 1/4 of the book, but I can say that I am very happy for purchasing this book. The author puts everything in very plain and understandable language. I am a beginner in studying poetry and writing of poetry. It is worth every penny and B&N provided excellent packing and shipping of the package.
samfsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Kooser¿s poetry - it¿s so clear and understandable, as well as meaningful to me. So when I saw this book on a recommended list at I rushed out and bought it. Just like his poetry, his advice about writing poetry is clear and understandable.
keely_chace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the poetry writing guide I wish I'd had as a creative writing student in college. Kooser offers nuts-and-bolts advice on everything from working with detail, to form, to metaphor, and he includes plenty of wonderful poems to illustrate what he's talking about. Very well done.
EllieNYC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely little book. I don't use it to exactly "work" on my poems but read to inform both my reading & writing. Koosier is clear and his examples pertinent and memorable. A nice to book to read for anyone interested in how language works.
snash on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very good no nonsense guide to writing poetry and revising poetry. He has a strong prejudice for accessible poetry and offers suggestions on how to write poetry that is accessible but still profound. Many of his metaphors and similies for the process of writing and editing make reading the book very enjoyable
zinkel101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kooser's approach to poetry is rather basic, and his book is a good introduction to writing poetry. In his first chapter, (the best chapter in my view), he writes of modern poetry's digression into obscurity. We want to impress the academics, so we fill the poem with obscure references. But poetry doesn't require it. Compare this to Kooser's verses, say in his Delights and Shadows, and you can see how accessible his poetry is. Other subjects in this work are writing for others, prose poems, writing from memory, fine-tuning metaphors and similes. I mention the last chapter specifically because Kooser is very strong in his use of metaphors. In this book he uses mainly his own works as examples.
Maethelwine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really very good, and encouraging. Kooser's emphasis on considering the reader and making your poems as transparent as you can, particularly for newer poets, should be taken to heart by more of us.
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Mr Kooser is very down to earth in his explanation. Giving sound and experienced advise on how to prepare your poem for its audience. If you are interestd in communicating with others through this venue. This book is for you.