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The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics

The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics

by Diane Lockward (Editor)


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Organized into ten sections with each devoted to a poetic concept, The Practicing Poet begins with “Discovering New Material,” “Finding the Best Words,” “Making Music,” “Working with Sentences and Line Breaks,” “Crafting Surprise,” and “Achieving Tone.” The concepts become progressively more sophisticated, moving on to “Dealing with Feelings,” “Transforming Your Poems,” and “Rethinking and Revising.” The final section, “Publishing Your Book,” covers manuscript organization, book promotion, and presentation of a good public reading.

The book includes thirty brief craft essays, each followed by a model poem and analysis of the poem’s craft, then a prompt based on the poem. Ten recyclable bonus prompts are also included. Ten Top Tips lists are each loaded with poetry wisdom from an accomplished poet

The Practicing Poet pushes poets beyond the basics and encourages the continued reading, learning, and writing of poetry. It is suitable as a textbook in the classroom, a guidebook in a workshop, or an at-home tutorial for the practicing poet working independently.

The craft essays, poems, and top tips lists include the work of 113 contemporary poets.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947896079
Publisher: Terrapin Books
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 208,247
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Diane Lockward is the editor of The Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop (Terrapin Books, 2016) and the earlier volume, The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Terrapin Books, rev. ed., 2016). She is also the author of four poetry books, most recently The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement (Wind Publications, 2016). Her awards include the Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a Woman of Achievement Award. Her poems have been included in such journals as Harvard Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer's Almanac, and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry.

Table of Contents

I. Discovering New Material

II. Finding the Best Words

III. Making Music

IV. Working with Sentences and Line Breaks

V. Crafting Surprise

VI. Achieving Tone

VII. Dealing with Feelings

VIII. Transforming Your Poems

IX. Rethinking and Revising

X. Publishing Your Book

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