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The Mind's Eye: A Guide to Poetry Writing
by Kevin Clark
"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 ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 29th 2007 by Pearson Longman
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While some of the poems included to illustrate particular elements of craft were interesting, the analyses of said poems were trite, condescending, and shallow. The very few writing prompts the text offers are fine, but nothing new. I'm not sure if this is just an issue with my copy of the book, but the "Poet's Notecard" sections look like they were printed with like, the ten cent copier at the public library- dark and grainy almost to the point of illegibility (although frankly, these "notecard ...more
I think it's hard to rate "writing guides" like this... but this book has a lot of interesting and thought provoking sections, examples, and exercises. A good read if you are thinking about really applying yourself to poetry, but nothing can teach you to write, other than to write.
Nov 10, 2011 Joshua Novalis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Students of Poetry
Recommended to Joshua by: English Instructor
Interesting Primer to Poetry. I would have liked more of a focus on structure, form, and theme, but almost all of Clark's efforts are focused on imagery, which, albeit, is an integral part of poetry. Pretty good, but there's probably better options for an introduction to poetry.