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Ordinary genius : a guide for the poet within

Author: Kim Addonizio
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2009] ©2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The author offers a way in for new poets struggling to unfold the images and phrases inside their heads and a way out for waylaid poets suffering through unwanted extended hiatuses. She stresses journal writing and mandates that poets read works from established poets to help jump-start their own poems. In addition, Addonizio suggests numerous instructive and fun exercises to trigger ideas for poetry-e.g., creating  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kim Addonizio
ISBN: 9780393334166 0393334163
OCLC Number: 227016549
Description: 311 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 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 mediations --
By heart: a love poem --
Love & sex poems --
Me, myself & I --
What your 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 page: performance --
Word/art: make a broadside --
Two heads: collaborations --
Do-overs & revisions --
Publishing & the Pinocchio syndrome --
Mirror at the end of the road --
Appendix A: poems & poetry resources online --
Appendix B: recommended reading.
Responsibility: Kim Addonizio.
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Inspired by the success of "The Poet's Companion," Addonizio presents exciting new insights into the creative process, craft, and the lessons of her own journey. Chapters on gender, race, and class  Read more...

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