Thursday, November 10, 2005

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I might be teaching a poetry workshop next semester. Your suggestions for books of poems to use as texts?

10 comments:

Paul L. Bradford said...

Have you seen Bradley Paul's book, "The Obvious?" It's the best thing I've read in ages -- maybe ever. Students love it, and the media can't seem to get enough of him.

Paul said...

I'll have to check into that. Bradley Paul? News to me....

Dee said...

Chris Ransick (Colorado) is using David Citino's book The Eye of the Poet in our workshop. It's not bad for beginners.

I like The Practice of Poetry by Twitchell and Behn for its great variety of excercises.

Paul said...

The Practice of Poetry is gold.

Amanda Auchter said...

Contemporary American Poetry edited by A. Poulin, Jr. and Michael Waters is amazing. Also look at: The Making of a Poem edited by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland.

Melissa said...

I like The Practice of Poetry too. Also The Poet's Companion by Addonizio and Laux. Another that feels informal and directed toward beginning writers is How to Build a Long-Lasting Fire Writing Poems from your Life (Carol Morrison).

Congrats. xox Will you be teaching in TN or elsewhere?

Paul said...

TN.

LKD said...

Speaking from an undergraduate's perspective with no previous exposure to poetry instruction before encountering these 2 volumes in an intro to creative writing class and poetry writing class, I whole-heartedly echo those who've recommened Practive of Poetry and Poet's Companion. I find myself returning to both of these books whenever I feel stuck or otherwise uninpired and they never fail to re-energize my muse.

Additionally, one of my very favorite writing exercises of all time is in POP, that 10 minute spill by Rita Dove. I've used it numerous times myself and recommended it to many of my writer friends and the result is always, at the very the least, a seed for a poem; but often, a full blown poem spills out. Might drag that exercise out today and see what it gives me.

Anonymous said...

American Poetry: The Next Generation, edited by Jim Daniels and Gerald Costanzo. Great book to teach young kids.

Alexis Z said...

Eff poetry! Teach comic books.

JK.

Love you Paul!