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The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry

The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
Author: Kim Addonizio - Dorianne Laux
ISBN 13: 9780393316544
ISBN 10: 393316548
Edition: 1st
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1997-09-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 284
List Price: $17.95

From the nuts and bolts of craft to the sources of inspiration, this book is for anyone who wants to write poetry-and do it well.

Library Journal

Poets Addonizio and Laux warn against clich, and although textbooks on writing come a dime a dozen these days, theirs is head and shoulders above the rest. There are three main sections: "Subjects for Writing" (e.g. death, the erotic), "The Poet's Craft" (metaphor, rhyme), and "The Writing Life" (self-doubt, writer's block); four separate appendixes list other writing texts, anthologies, marketing tips, and electronic resources. The many exercises offered emerge largely from the intensive one-day workshops conducted by Addonizio and Laux. Both knowledgeable and practical in their approach, the authors offer everything a poet needs, including one feature more necessary than ever in the postliterate age yet absent from other writing texts: a gentle yet insistent lesson on grammar. Highly recommended for all libraries.David Kirby, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee