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Poets can't impose their will on the muse. That's why it's so important that you write regularly, keep reworking your drafts, and experiment in your writing. This book will help you by offering advice, inspiration, and hundreds of exercises to get you going--all designed to invoke your muse.

With no bias toward any form or style, John Drury addresses imagery, metaphor, and...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published July 29th 2006 by Writer's Digest Books (first published May 15th 1991)
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Mary Louise
My favorite book and not just for writing poems! Check it out.
Andrea Blythe
I picked up this book because someone in an Amazon review called Creating Poetry a "muse disguised as paper". It may not go that far, but it's close. This book is full of writing prompts, each focused on the chapter's subject, from Beginnings to Tone, Form, Research, Sound, Inspiration and more. There is plenty here for a poet to use and learn from, especially if they flip around from section to section, picking out prompts on an area of their writing they want to focus on. (I don't think the be...more
A thorough, well-written book on how to dissect, understand and write poetry. Textbook approach. Serious, focused. Chapters include Preparing (developing your poetic sensibility), Language, Sight, Sound, Movement, Shaping, Patterns/ Transitions, Vice, Sources of Inspiration, Things to Write About, Other Arts, Finishing.

Good research book, solid textbook for college-level classes. Well researched and organized. Not for the easy-going or faint of heart.
Gerry LaFemina
I've been looking for a first-rate intro to poetry writing textbook for awhile, and this may fit the bill: it has tons of great exercises, lots of clear discussions about various aspects of poetry composition without bogging the book down with samples, requiring the reader to do the work of finding of poems to fit the bill.
Lisa Mcelroy
Like taking a very good poetry class. You will understand and want to write poetry after you read most of this book. And if you do write some, it will be better than it was before you read this book.
Daniel Jr.
Filled with expertise and very helpful writing exercises. I've had a lot of success with it in the classroom, though I only use excerpts.
Kevin Albrecht
Jun 29, 2013 Kevin Albrecht marked it as never-finished
(Recommended in "Self-Editing for Fiction Writers" as having practical advice that helps writers see with a poet's eye.)
K Anderson
A cool one to look at if you are interested in learning about poetry or how to write it..
Aug 03, 2007 Marty rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all writers
Good read if you enjoy writing poetry
Robin Yaklin
A serious poets book
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