Writing Poetry From The Inside Out

Writing Poetry From The Inside Out

by Sandford Lyne


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In Writing Poetry from the Inside Out, poet and national poetry workshop leader, Sandford Lyne, offers the writing exercises, guidance, and encouragement you need to find the poet inside you. Lyne's techniques, which he developed through twenty years of teaching poetry workshops, flow from an understanding that poetry is an art form open to everyone. We all can-and should-write poetry.

In this enchanting and inspiring volume, Lyne will introduce you to the pleasures and surprises of writing poetry, and his methods and insights will help you tap into your own unique voice and perspective to compose poems of your own in as little as a few minutes.

Whether you are an experienced writer looking for new techniques and sources of inspiration or a novice poet who has never written a poem in your life, Writing Poetry from the Inside Out will help you to craft the poems you've always longed to write.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402208447
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 589,027
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Sandford Lyne has led poetry writing workshops across the country for the last 20 years. His poems have been published in numerous journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Poetry East, Louisiana Literature, and Louisiana Review. He lives outside Lafayette, Louisiana.

Table of Contents


Part I:In Preparation

Chapter 1:The Golden String
Chapter 2:Beginning Your Journey--The Writer's Studio
Chapter 3:Artists in Light and Sound
Chapter 4:Pick-Up Sticks, or The Trick of Being You
Chapter 5:Our Materials--Words

Part II: The Methods

Chapter 6:Poem-Sketching
Chapter 7:Giving the Poem a Form
Chapter 8:Additional Exercises with Poem-Sketching
Chapter 9:"Matching" Poems
Chapter 10:Alternative Thinking
Chapter 11:Shake It Up
Chapter 12:The Poem as a Self-Portrait
Chapter 13:The Power of Beliefs
Chapter 14:Voice--Being Yourself on Paper
Chapter 15:Creating Your Own Word Groups
Chapter 16:Life Is the Teacher--Writing Poems from Daily
Chapter 17:Inner and Outer Observation
Chapter 18:Adding Sound
Chapter 19:Reading Other Poets
Chapter 20:Circles of Awareness

Part III:Transformations

Chapter 21:Writing Poetry--The Spiritual Journey
Chapter 22:The Community of Poets


Appendix A:Suggested Reading
Appendix B:Poem-Sketching
Appendix C:Word Groups
About the Author

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kateking on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Snadford Lyne makes writing poetry fun and accesible to everyone. With his technique of poem-sketching and the lists of word groups anyone can surprise him or her self with a poem that is unique and beautiful.
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