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The Mind's Eye: A Guide to Writing Poetry

Kevin Clark
Format
Book
Published
New York : Pearson Longman, c2008.
Language
English
ISBN
9780205498239 (pbk.), 020549823X (pbk.)
Related Resources
Table of contents only
Summary
From the Publisher: Focusing on imagery and sound, this groundbreaking book on the teaching of poetry writing is concise, practical, and inexpensive and it's the only poetry writing text designed specifically for a college term. Winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Kevin Clark is a university professor, a widely published poet, and the author of the collection In the Evening of No Warning. Developed and proven over two decades of college level workshops, the flexible progression of lessons and exercises guides students through the major components of contemporary poetry writing. What You'll Find In This Edition: Clear, active prose that instructs without condescending; An adaptable sequence of chapters guiding writers through increasingly complex aspects of poetry: imagery, sound, implication, conflict, transformation, the lyric (and lyricism), structure, portraiture, narrative, traditional forms, sequencing, and other facets of the art, especially revision; More than 100 writing exercises, ranging from the general to the highly specific; Over 80 inspiring model poems by a diverse group of well-known contemporary poets plus poems by students; The Poet's Note Card, a concise summary of main ideas at the end of each chapter; Suggestions for extending interest in poetry beyond the classroom: how to form poetry writing groups; how to arrange and give poetry readings; and how to publish poems.
Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Mind's eye
  • Imagery
  • Sound and idiom
  • Inspiration
  • Poet's note card
  • 1: Words That Paint, Colors That Speak
  • Painting pictures with words
  • Power of a single image
  • Rendering human drama
  • Verb as catalyst
  • Exploring with images
  • Quicksand of abstraction
  • Note on revision
  • Getting started
  • Writing exercises
  • 2: Lively Image vs The Deadly Cliche
  • Observations that surprise
  • Metaphors and similes
  • Listing
  • Interior world
  • Other senses
  • Dramatizing everyday subjects
  • 3: Sound Of Contemporary Poetry
  • Why poems don't sing like songs
  • Conversational poetry
  • Musical poetry
  • How we talk back home
  • Poems that go fast
  • Revising for sound
  • 4: Conflict And Transformation
  • Problem of the human heart
  • Familial tension, personal conflict
  • Transformative moment
  • Portraying stasis
  • Sentiment vs sentimentality
  • Revising for clarity
  • 5: Do Poems Have Plot?
  • Keeping your reader on edge
  • Lyric interludes
  • Braiding
  • Poems of childhood
  • Poems of adolescence
  • Closure
  • 6: Empathy And Creativity
  • Becoming the other
  • Historical persona
  • Dramatizing current events
  • Myth
  • Psyche under pressure
  • 7: Leaping Through Time And Space
  • Poetic sequence
  • Multiple pictures
  • Multiple stories
  • Flashback, narratives, and the lyric
  • Nonnumerical sequences
  • Revising toward the sequence
  • 8: Frames And Forms
  • Free verse and the question of form
  • Syllabics
  • Metrics and blank verse
  • Rhyming
  • Sonnet
  • Villanelle
  • Sestina
  • 9: Stanzas, Prose, And The Field Of The Page
  • Organizing words on the page
  • Uniform stanzas
  • Aeration
  • Visual caesurae
  • Prose poem
  • 10: Surrealism
  • Logic of alogical images
  • Nonsense vs instinct
  • Dream poems
  • Dreamtime and magical realism
  • 11: Writing About Sadness
  • Elegy
  • Imagery and restraint
  • Threnody
  • Expectation and surprise
  • 12: Poetry And Eros
  • Predicament of the love poem
  • Conflict and tone
  • Language of desire
  • Erotic poetry
  • 13: Poetry Of Witness
  • Restraint
  • War and witness
  • Writing about racism
  • Poems about gender
  • Question of culpability
  • 14: Stretching The Imagination
  • Next challenge
  • Eckphrasis
  • Drama of sport
  • Serious business of the funny poem
  • Divinity and uncertainty
  • 15: Breaking The Rules, Nurturing The Weird
  • Eccentricity and voice
  • Being different
  • Associative journeys
  • Undermining the rules of grammar
  • Enigma poems
  • Appendix: Culture of poetry
  • Writing groups
  • Public readings
  • How to get published
  • Choosing journals
  • Submitting poems by mail
  • Submitting poems by email
  • Keeping a submissions log
  • Simultaneous submissions
  • Rejection and acceptance
  • Credits
  • Index of critical terms
  • Index of authors and poem titles.
Description
xv, 250 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-244) and indexes.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: PN1059 .A9 C53 2008. Pictorial paper wrapper. From the Papers of Charles Wright.
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