The Eye of the Poet: Six Views of the Art and Craft of Poetry

Paperback | August 15, 2001

EditorDavid Citino

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Featuring contributions from widely published and practicing poets who are also experienced teachers and presenters of poetry, The Eye of the Poet: Six Views of the Art and Craft of Poetry provides students and other readers with invaluable practical advice. Ideal for courses in poetry writingand creative writing, it includes six sections written by Billy Collins, Carol Muske, David Baker and Ann Townsend, Yusef Komunyakaa, Maxine Kumin, and David Citino. These poets speak their minds about their relationship with their art and craft, offering guidance to writers at all levels ofexperience from the beginner to the veteran. In his section, Billy Collins looks at the ways reading and writing poetry give readers pleasure, while Carol Muske's essay examines the question, "What is a poem?" David Baker and Ann Townsend discuss the formal and musical aspects of composing and reading poems; they include many engagingexercises and directions to further reading. Yusef Komunyakaa enrolls readers in a virtual poetry workshop, Maxine Kumin considers the necessities and demands of audience, and David Citino talks about the roles that poets play as they conceive and execute their work. In their essays, thecontributors include examples of poems--written by themselves or others--to illustrate key points. While the chapters are meant to be self-contained explorations, they are also interrelated parts of the volume as a whole. The Eye of the Poet is a stimulating conversation in which successful poetsshare with readers their enthusiasm, knowledge, and vision, as well as their estimation of the possibilities of the poem. In this book, students of poetry will discover the wide variety of options available to them when they sit down to create their own works.

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Featuring contributions from widely published and practicing poets who are also experienced teachers and presenters of poetry, The Eye of the Poet: Six Views of the Art and Craft of Poetry provides students and other readers with invaluable practical advice. Ideal for courses in poetry writingand creative writing, it includes six secti...

David Citino is Professor of English and Creative Writing at The Ohio State University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195132556

ISBN - 13:9780195132557

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Table of Contents

PrefaceI. Billy Collins: Poetry, Pleasure, and the Hedonist ReaderII. Carol Muske: What Is a Poem?III. David Baker and Ann Townsend: The Line/The Form/The MusicIV. Yusef Komunyakaa: Kit and CaboodleV. Maxine Kumin: AudienceVI. David Citino: Tell Me How It Was in the Old Days: In Search of the PoetContributors

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"Rich resource for beginning students and advanced poets. Finding their 'eye'--their vision as a poet--is exactly what I want them to discover!"--Ellen Kort, Poet Laureate of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay