The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach

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Harper Collins, Sep 23, 1992 - Poetry - 320 pages
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A distinctive collection of more than 90 effective poetry-writing exercises combined with corresponding essays to inspire writers of all levels.

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User Review  - aethercowboy - LibraryThing

In the Practice of Poetry, editors Behn and Twichell have gathered together advice from a wide array of poets who teach (or teachers who poe). They have taken the exciting job of sorting the unique ... Read full review

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User Review  - UtopianElle - LibraryThing

Hands down the BEST poetry writing exercise/prompt text. One prompt can trigger multiple poems. Love this book. I think I own three copies, because every time I move I misplace it, then freak out and buy a new one. Great book for the novice and experienced poets. Read full review


Idea to Image for a group Carol Muske 8
Only Connect Sydney Lea 17
A Journey to Nowhere Susan Snively 27
OnesSelf EnMasse Michael Pettit 33
AsLikeFinish the Sentence Linnea Johnson 42
Experience Falls Through Language like Water
Collaborative CutUp Anne Waldman 123
The Attraction of Titles Stuart Dischell 143
The Props Assist the House James McKean 150
Writing Between the Lines J D McClatchy 155
The Short Narrative Poem Roland Flint 164
Patterning Stephen Dunn 177
The Meter Reader Thomas Rabbitt 210
An Antidote Daniel Halpern 217

The Widow Maura Stanton 66
Letter Poems Robin Behn 70
In the Waiting Room Carol Muske 80
Who We Were Edward Hirsch 87
Not The Oprah Winfrey Show for a group
The History of a Reflection Jay Klokker 99
The CutandShuffle Poem Jack Myers 114
JumpStarting the Dead Poem Lynne McMahon 227
The Party of the Century for a group
The Rewrite as Assignment Stanley Plumly 243
Waiting and Silence Susan Snively 257
Published Works Referred to in the Text 263
Homophonic Translation Charles Bernstein 126

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About the author (1992)

Robin Behn is a graduate of Oberlin College, the University of Missouri at Columbia, and the University of Iowa. She is a noted poet, a professor of English, and the director of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama. Behn's poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals, and she has published two collections of her poems, Paper Bird and The Red Hour. Behn's poetry has earned her numerous awards, including the Associated Writings Program Award Series in Poetry for Paper Bird, the New England Review narrative poetry prize, and a Pushcart Prize. Her poem French Horn appears in the Pushcart Prize, XVIII Best of the Small Presses, 1993-94; Midwestern Villanelle was published in the 1992 edition of Best American Poetry. Behn has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from arts councils in Illinois and Alabama. Behn is the coeditor of The Practice of Poetry Writing: Exercises from Poets Who Teach, a book about creative writing. Aimed at both making writing enjoyable and stimulating creative, flexible thinking, the book has become a favorite resource for both teachers and students of poetry.

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