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The Portable Poetry Workshop Spiral-bound – January 7, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0155060029 ISBN-10: 0155060023 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Heinle Publishers; 1 edition (January 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0155060023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0155060029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Preface. Getting Started. 1. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS. Creativity & Consciousness. Mental Preparation. The Discovery Mode. Associational Logic. 2. GENERATING CONTENT. Techniques for Generating Content. Techniques for Elaborating Content. Horizontal and Vertical Content. Lateral and Digressive Moves. Logopoetics. Substitution. 3. CONNECTING CONTENT. The Image Narrative. Cinematic Techniques. Syntactical Transitions. Semantic Springboards (Committing or Triggering Words). Thematic Shapes of Poems. 4. IMAGERY. Aspects of Imagery. From Factoids to Abstract Concepts. 5. FREE VERSE. Tension. The Conversational Mode. Voice. Tone. Form. The Movement of Line Endings in Free Verse. Stanzas. Sectioning. Flow. Punctuation by Means Other than Punctuation. Sonics. Scale of Textures. The Flat Statement. 6. TYPES OF POEMS. Generic Types. Structural Types. Specific Types of Poems. 7. OPENING, CLOSING, TITLING. Openings. Closings. Titling. 8. REVISION. Reductive Revision. Additive Revision. Deep Revision. 9. TROUBLESHOOTING AND WORKSHOPS. Troubleshooting: Typical Problems of Control. Workshop Mission Statement. Workshop Models. Workshop Protocol. Reading Aloud. 10. PRACTICAL MATTERS. Manuscript Submissions. Structuring a Manuscript. Poetry References. Glossary of Terms. Index. Credits.

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This book has been invaluable to me for completing poems.
L. M. Ochsenbein
Any other book you could ever need on the craft of poetry can be found in the bibliography of one or both of those books.
B. Tweed DeLions
As a teacher of poetry, I am grateful to have Myers" book as a resource.
Carol W. Bachofner

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Tweed DeLions on December 24, 2009
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There are so many books that try to teach the art of writing poetry, and most of them rate anywhere from not helpful to hurtful, because some of them will actually send aspiring poets on a fruitless wild good chase.

THE BEST THING ABOUT MYERS IS THAT HE TEACHES YOU HOW TO PRIME THE PUMP OF CREATIVITY! AND THAT'S HALF THE BATTLE!

There's no one in his league. Jack Myers' books are in a class by themselves. He's the best. He is a poet and a professor of poetry (SMU University) and was once poet laureate of the state of Texas. And he has a particular genius for teaching a very difficult craft.

Perhaps the worst "how to" book for writing poetry is Judson Jerome's The Poet's Handbook. Jerome makes a big deal about meter but neglects virtually every other poetic device. And guess what. It's all the other devices that make up the art of poetry. Metaphor is far more important than meter, yet Jerome scarcely mentions it or any other poetic device. His book is very misleading for beginning poets.

And this is where Jack Myers beats the rest hands down. If you buy this book and another book by Myers called the Longman Dictionary of poetic terms (co-written by Jack Myers and Michael Simms), the two books together cover virtually every poetic device known to man, including meter.

If both of Myers' books are 10 on a scale of 10 (which I think they are), then Jerome's book would only rate a 1.

Do yourself a favor, buy this book and The Longman Dictionary of Poetic Terms. Any other book you could ever need on the craft of poetry can be found in the bibliography of one or both of those books. But if you had only this book and the Longman book, they would keep you busy for a lifetime suggesting new ideas and new poetic devices for you to try out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Ochsenbein on October 26, 2008
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This book has been invaluable to me for completing poems. I can go to my list of freewrites, and adopt any number of processes/theories/ideas from this book to complete them. It is amazing to me how practical this book is while also expanding my understanding of what a poem is and what a poem does and what a poem CAN do.
It's compact, accessible, and good for all levels of poets with information that will guide you through your avocation for many many many years.
If you write poetry, you should have this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carol W. Bachofner on August 21, 2007
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As a professional poet, I can attest to the fact that this book is a must for all serious poets and students of poetry. I have two copies, one on my desk and one in my briefcase. I am wearing the pages thin in both.

As a teacher of poetry, I am grateful to have Myers" book as a resource. It's content is comprehensive and appeals to the more educated reader. However, it is down to earth enough to be a real help for the beginner or intermediate poet.The Portable Poetry Workshop
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn M. Switzer on February 19, 2013
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OK I'm a writer. I was in a bit of a slump and reading lots of poetry to help me restart my engines. A friend had heard of the Portable Poetry Workshop and recommended it. I'm so glad she did. Exercises of all kinds to prime the pump. And I can go back over and over those exercises and get more out them each time. Great book for those like me who need to be reminded why we write, then pushed to dig in and take it to a higher level.
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By krizinkle on January 19, 2014
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Actually bought this for much less money on line than in the college school book store, it was to be used in the classroom, always nice to save a little $$$$$
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