Poetry Home Repair Manual Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

ISBN-10: 0803259786
ISBN-13: 9780803259782
Edition: 2007
Authors: Ted Kooser
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Description: Recently appointed as the new U. S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for more than forty years. In the pages of "The Poetry Home Repair Manual," Kooser brings those decades of experience to bear. Here are tools and  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 3/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 170
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Recently appointed as the new U. S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for more than forty years. In the pages of "The Poetry Home Repair Manual," Kooser brings those decades of experience to bear. Here are tools and insights, the instructions (and warnings against instructions) that poets--aspiring or practicing--can use to hone their craft, perhaps into art. Using examples from his own rich literary oeuvre and from the work of a number of successful contemporary poets, the author schools us in the critical relationship between poet and reader, which is fundamental to what Kooser believes is poetry's ultimate purpose: to reach other people and touch their hearts. Much more than a guidebook to writing and revising poems, this manual has all the comforts and merits of a long and enlightening conversation with a wise and patient old friend--a friend who is willing to share everything he's learned about the art he's spent a lifetime learning to execute so well.

Acknowledgments
About This Book
A Poet's Job Description
Writing for Others
First Impressions
Don't Worry About the Rules
Rhyming, Ham Cubes, Prose Poems
Writing About Feelings
Can you Read Your Poem Through Your Poem?
Writing from Memory
Working with Detail
Controlling Effects
Fine Tuning Metaphors and Similes
Relax and Wait
Source References and Acknowledgments
Index

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