Ordinary Genius A Guide for the Poet Within

ISBN-10: 0393334163

ISBN-13: 9780393334166

Edition: 2009

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This all-new book, by the co-author ofThe Poet's Companion, invites you to discover and enjoy your poetic self. Inspired by the gratifying success ofThe Poet's Companion, Kim Addonizio presents exciting new insights into the creative process, craft, and the lessons of her own creative journey. Poetry's time-honored subjects--love, loss, identity, community--are here, along with a heady variety of writing exercises (and innovative ways to use the Internet). Chapters on gender, race, and class challenge readers to explore their creative vision more deeply, Addonizio, hailed for her passionate, award-winning poetry, shares her breakthroughs and frustrations frankly, including samples of rejection slips. She offers not only encouragement but also a wealth of knowledge about form and structure, metaphor and rhythm, revision, and that elusive goal: publishing. "Poetry is not a means to an end," Addonizio maintains, "but a continuing engagement with being alive." Her generous guide is for beginners and experienced poets, for groups and in the classroom--indeed for anyone eager to glimpse the angel of poetry.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Kim Addonizio is the author of five poetry collections, includingTell Me, a National Book Award finalist. Herlatest collection is Lucifer at theStarlite.

introduction
entering poetry
leaping in the dark
make a book
first thought, worst thought
getting started
opening doors
your genius, your demons
line, breath & vision
by heart: a Shakespeare sonnet
describe this
read this
inner and outer worlds
identity 1: boys, girls & bodies
three meditations
by heart: a love poem
love & sex poems
me, myself & i
what you don't know
three observations
the pain-body
ha! working with humor
identity 2: race, class & privilege
the whiskey on your breath: addictions
the poem's progress
metaphor 1: the shimmer
white heat, necessary coldness
a bag of tricks
the poem's progress
metaphor 2: parts & the whole
enchantments: myths & fairy tales
toward mastery
music & meter
write a sonnet
a poem you love: close reading
page to stage: performance
word/art: make a broadside
two heads: collaborations
do-overs & revisions
publishing & the pinocchio syndrome
mirror at the end of the road
poems & poetry resources online
recommended reading
credits
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