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Formal techniques aren't overlooked in a title which encourages self-expression through poetry; but neither are they touted as the sole vehicle for literary pursuit. The idea here is that writing can offer psychological healing: use this guide to master imagery, metaphor, rhythm and poetic elements, then create some strong, meaningful works. -- Midwest Book Review

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John Fox offers a fresh approach to poetry writing, yet one that doesn't overlook the importance of formal techniques. Readers will be reintroduced to their poetic voice and its unique ability to heal psychological wounds which may have held it captive. Through inventive exercises, stories, and dozens of poems, Fox shows how to master imagery, sound, metaphor, rhythm, and other poetic elements for poems that explore the unique perceptions, feelings, and visions that make us who we truly are.
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Product Details

  • Series: Inner Work Book
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874778093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874778090
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julie Lovisa VINE VOICE on April 24, 2000
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I have written (often bad) poetry as a means of expressing myself since I was 9 years old. After going through this book, I have been amazed at the depth of feeling that has been hiding in me all these years! You will be amazed at the beautiful poetry you can create given the right tools and instruction. Even if you think you're not creative and can't write a word, I hope you'll try this book...you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that you can create poetry if given the opportunity.
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"Finding What You Didn't Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-making" was my introduction to the field of poetry therapy. Although I have added many poetry therapy texts to my library since acquiring Mr. Fox's book, I still consider "Finding What You Didn't Lose" the premiere text. It is comprehensible; full of useful and thoughtful ideas; and beneficial for anyone seeking to cultivate healing in themselves or others. I am currently undergoing professional training in poetry therapy and find myself returning again and again to Mr. Fox's book. Also, when introducing people to the field of poetry therapy, I always recommend Finding What You Didn't Lose as a foundational text.
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For anyone who was taught in school that poetry was dry, cryptic and boring, this is the book that will change your mind. John Fox presents poetry in a way that will make it an enjoyable part of your life, a healing part of your life, and you will discover your creative self. It leaves you wanting more. For more, see Poetic Medicine.
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This book is a fabulous way to simply get writing. He has you use tangible subjects, things you've experienced, and offers wonderful samples to help. I personally liked the way the book is et up - gives you the sense that you can stop at one place and pick up later without losing your flow. A side note - if you EVER have an opportunity to take a workshop with him, I highly advise it!
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For anyone who loves discovering the inner creativity of oneself, this is the book for you. I have had this book for a couple of years and I find it interesting everytime I sit down and realize another poem. Every teacher should own a copy. Children would benefit from its teachings.
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Like having a cup of steaming coffee with a dear friend, John Fox's words,rich and strong, wake you up and add a new flavor to your work whether you are a first time poet or have written for years. FINDING WHAT YOU DIDN'T LOSE is a must have book to share with your students, colleagues, and writing groups. As a teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed the hands on experience: examples, suggestions, quotations, and hints. Filled with truthtelling that connects like caffeine straight to the heart, John Fox helps you find your way home to the poet within.
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When I was younger, I wrote poetry all of the time, but it was a very intimate, secret self who wrote those poems. As I grew up, I thought that the angst of my earlier days was best bottled away. One day, at 45, I started to develop stress-related illnesses and had to find a way to re-connect with who I really am, find a way to figure out what is real and what is pretense. Enter this book. My earlier poems, luckily still stored away in a file in my home, told me what I used to know, and in writing poems for today, I can celebrate the journey since then.

I wish I could meet the author of this lovingly written adventure/book --he impresses me, through his own poetry and his writing, as someone who can accept people as they are and then gently, patiently, invite them to find their own voice and grow.
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Most of us have forgotten the subtle and sensuous joys experienced in the reading of poetry and have never dared to contemplate the possibility of writing it. In this, his first book of instruction, he offers the reader a comprehensive guide to the healing process of poetry writing. Drawing upon his own personal experiences as well as those of his friends and students, he presents realistic and imaginative methods to approaching poetry writing while guiding the reader through the process in an engaging and enthusiastic style. "Creative" is his watchword and Fox suggests to us that we all share the need for "poem-making" in our lives. The secret lies in being receptive to the idea and giving ourselves permission to explore it. The inclusion of simple exercises at the end of each chapter easily overcomes the frustration of learning something new. Beautifully designed and written, this book is a breakthrough in poetic instruction. Poetry is hard to find in daily life;a book of this calibre is needed
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