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A highly accessible and enjoyable look at how
to approach reading and writing poetry, with excellent suggestions
and a list of very helpful writing exercises one may try after each
section. (Rachel a.k.a. TheBroad)
This is a fantastic book for beginning and 'intermediate'
poets. It covers fundamental language use and also sound, meter,
forms, and many other topics. The author suggests numerous exercises
throughout the book which are useful for the development of technique
and imagination. (Mark a.k.a. Strangefire)
collection of lectures by Milosz at Harvard provides a vibrant and
engaging perspection on the path that poetry has taken in the Western
world, how it has isolated the average reader, and what can be done
to change this. Although Milosz uses anecdotes relating specifically
to his own upbringing and life in Poland, the effect is universal.
I found this book quite direct and accessible. It helps spur a poet
to ask some crucial questions about one's own poetry, what it communicates
and to whom, and how to make it vibrant in the real world. (Rachel