The Mind's Eye: A Guide to Writing Poetry

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The Mind’s Eye, written by a published poet, focuses on imagery and sound and has the added benefit of being concise, inexpensive, and handy.  Contemporary poetry as well as traditional form is discussed, with an emphasis on contemporary poets — more than ninety of them — and three student poets.  Chapters deal with difficult topics such as racism, war, mortality, gender, and more.

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Focusing on imagery and sound, this new book on the teaching of poetry writing is concise, practical, and inexpensive and its the only poetry writing textbook designed specifically for a college term. Winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Kevin Clark is a university professor, a widely published poet, and the author of the collection In the Evening of No Warning.  Developed and proven over two decades of college level workshops, THE MINDS EYE provides a flexible progression of lessons and exercises that guides students through the major components of contemporary poetry writing: imagery, sound, implication, conflict, the lyric (and lyricism), structure, portraiture, narrative, sequencing, and other facets of the art, especially revision.

 

 

WHAT YOU'LL FIND IN THIS EDITION

 

  • Each chapter profiles a student and includes goals and objectives for that student.
  • Compact and handy, this textbook provides suggestions for extending interest in poetry beyond the classroom:  how to form poetry writing groups; how to arrange and give poetry readings; and how to publish poems.
  • Recognizing that most poetry is written in free verse today, traditional forms are also covered.
  • Includes a variety of many model poems by a diverse group of contemporary poets, including three student poets.
  • Anxiety about writing on difficult topics is reduced by discussions of good poems that control emotion and that go beyond the typical discussion of the elegy and love poem. 

 

 

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An award-winning poet, Kevin Clark is the author of the collection In the Evening of No Warning. His poems and essays have appeared widely in places such as The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, The Southern Review, The Writer's Chronicle, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, he teaches at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. He lives with his wife and children on California's central coast, where he continues to play upper division softball "despite legs like ancient concrete and more injuries than Eval Kneival."

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