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ISBN-13: 978-1582974637 ISBN-10: 1582974632 Edition: Edition Unstated

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Edition Unstated edition (July 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582974632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582974637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Drury studied at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and Johns Hopkins. He has been published in a number of publications including Shenandoah and Ploughshares. He teaches creative writing and poetry at the University of Cincinnati.

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The writing is simple, direct and inspiring.
Marika O'Baire-Kark
I've read this book three times already and anticipate reading and using it at least that many more times.
Ohioan
Whether you read or write poetry, this book is a must-it covers it all!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ilaxi S. Patel on June 30, 2009
Twelve chapters overflowing with examples, exercises and prompts - all practical tools that you can use in poetry writing. Through John Drury's book, you can actually learn to write poetry. However, to write a poetry, one need to do a lot of reading. Nothing ever can be jotted down in verses unless you have the creative juices flowing within you - Creating poetry offers insightful, thoughtful rhyme and reason. The book motivates you and it's only being confident to shrugg off the 'writer's block' with your inability to do nothing on the page. As the Author says, "The first line of any poem is the kind of door, an entrance into the rooms of stanzas, an opening" - And the flow of writing comes natural with the first lines to what's next.

The book elaborates following sections:

Preparing
Language
Sight
Sound
Movement
Shaping
Patterns & Traditions
voice
Sources of Inspiration
Things to write about
Other Arts, other Influences
Finishing

How to write a poetry and the answer comes quite natural - Grab a copy of this book. It is here to develop your poetric sensitivity with rhythmic qualities that make poems sing, shout, march, whisper or just let it roll....Recommended for all who love Poetry. Best Pick.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on September 10, 2011
I read the previous edition (1991) of this book, and that's what I'm commenting on. I assume the new edition is even better. This is an excellent book with outstanding examples of poetry that illustrate what Drury is talking about.

Writing poetry is about discipline: discipline in thought, in word choice, in line breaks, and in rewriting. Drury starts off by stressing that if you want to write well, you have to READ. Read all the time. He also stresses that poetry does NOT come out of a self-absorbed vacuum. "Poetry is not self-expression, though it may be self-discovery." This advice will not go down well with some people, those who want to emote on paper and have everybody worship what they've written. But this advice is critically important IF you want to write good poetry.

Although I'm not a fan of writing exercises, I like the ones in this book because they allow you, the reader, to make your own choices. One activity calls for you to take any poem you've written and play around with it by mixing Anglo-Saxon words with Latinate words. Notice what happens to a line when it has Anglo-Saxon words. Notice what happens when it has Latinate words.

I've read this book three times already and anticipate reading and using it at least that many more times. Definitely Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lianne on December 22, 2010
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This book is a fabulous teaching tool, and is great for the average writer working on her/his own. The exercises are splendid and when reading it I felt like one page was worth ten in terms of how much I was learning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marika O'Baire-Kark on May 13, 2014
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I am a poet. I love reading well written books about writing poetry and of course, great exercises. I wish there were more poetry in this book, but that's o.k. The exercises are great. The writing is simple, direct and inspiring. NOT obtuse or boring! YAY
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 20, 2009
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I took a chance buying this, thinking that it might be boring or even unreadable. But the risk paid off. It is well organized and extremely informative. If you just read poetry you will get alot out of this. It fills me with ideas and inspiration for creating my own poems.
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By Claire on September 30, 2014
The exercises in this book are enough to keep a poet reciting, reworking, rehashing, regurgitating and reaffirming for a long time. The format is approachable and encouraging. Drury, throughout the book, gives structure without limitations which in itself is an encouragement for an art form known for its whim. Keep in mind that the exercises are not designed to bring about a great poem every time you write, but to allow your mind to become more flexible within poetry.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ron Z on March 25, 2010
(The following review contains graphic information which may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised).

I ONCE HAD a dog who was interested in poetry. He would turn the pages of Homer's Iliad. No other book--just that one book. He died after a while and left me the book. So that's, basically, how I became interested in poetry.

I was at my desk working on a new poem when the phone rang.

It was the hospital with devastating news.

I had contracted rhymitus, a disease commonly associated with aspiring young poets. Suddenly, my entire life flashed before my eyes. Why did this have to happen to ME?

"Medical science cannot help you," I was told. "A cure is possibly ten to fifteen years down the road."

Rhymitus is an insidious disease. It attacks the central nervous system forcing the victim to rhyme uncontrollably. Anything put to paper will rhyme.

Was this a mistake? A wrong diagnosis? Why did this have to happen to ME?

I glanced down, then everything fell into place. There was my poem staring back in my face:

I used to eat cheese
As much as I please,
But then someone said I could get a disease.
"Disease from the cheese?" I asked. "I think you tease."
(Did never I hear of disease from a cheese).
I went to the doctor and asked, "If you please,
"Did ever you hear of disease from a cheese?"
"Disease from a cheese!" he scoffed, "Please be at ease.
"I never did hear of disease from a cheese.
"'Scurvy' I heard of, but that's on the seas;
"Heard about insect bites--mainly from bees."
"Thanks, doc," I said, as a breeze made me sneeze.
"Do you always sneeze when there comes a mild breeze?"
"No, doc," I said, "but I just ate some peas.
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