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Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within 1 Original Edition
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I've read (and loved) all of Ms. Addonizio's books and this is, by far, one of my favorites. She does cover some of the basics of poetry writing, but also delves into the deeper side of poetry with some fabulous examples - delicious tidbits thrown in by awesome poets like Sharon Olds, Billy Collins, Susan Browne, Lucille Clifton and Tony Hoagland to name just a few. The book is also overflowing with shimmering, thought-provoking quotes by other poets and writers. I wrote several in my "favorite quotes" notebook to refer back to.
I was also thrilled to find quite a few new poems by the multifaceted Ms. Addonizio. Her poetry is as unique, distinctive and beautiful as Ms. Addonizio. I was happy to see one of my old favorites included, "What Do Women Want?" Reading this poem many years ago inspired me to go out and buy my first RED dress. You have to read the poem to understand....
The book is divided into four parts with a total of 36 chapters:
1. Entering Poetry
2. Inner and Outer Worlds,
3. The Poem's Progress, and
4. Toward Mastery
most with intriguing, motivating writing prompts to get your juices flowing. I read through the entire book and marked dozens of pages to go back to and re-read. I'm eager to get back into the book and try out some of the writing prompts.
If you love poetry and just need a jump start to your writing, then definitely buy this book because it'll do the job. If you just love to read poetry, this book is for you, too, because it's loaded with poems!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
anxious to try some of Addonizio exercises with my creative writing studentsPublished 11 days ago by Eric Murphy
A truly terrific guide to poetry. I use this book every semester to help my intro-level creative writing students.Published 1 month ago by Roy Sherwood
I loved it! I am not a very good writer but I think now I have the material to start. great book! very helpful! INSPIRATIONAL.Published 2 months ago by Virtue
Engaging short chapters with plenty of stimulus to help promote regular practice.Published 5 months ago by David Gillespie
I didn't care for it. I didn't feel inspired to write while reading it or after reading. I'd recommend "Writing Down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg instead. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Silentium. Erras.
This is a book that's informative but also gives ideas on what to writePublished 16 months ago by cynthia gosselin
This is an amazing book about not just poetry- but the art of writing. The book goes deep into what makes us write and how to get there. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Aleta Okada