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How to read a poem...and start a poetry circle

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Many of us love poetry. Or perhaps, more accurately, many of us would like to love poetry...if we weren't so afraid of it. Molly Peacock has loved reading poetry for five decades, loved writing it for nearly four, and has loved teaching it for over twenty-five years. As one of our nation's most admired poets, she is perfectly poised to strip away the scary mystique to reve ...more
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published April 5th 1999 by Riverhead Hardcover
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Mabel
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intellectual rating rather than an emotional one. Peacock's voice is sometimes too "poety" to me, and I don't always agree with her analysis, but she provides a lot of good observations, and I wish I could read a poem as in-depthly as she does.
Patricia
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I met Molly Peacock in September and am on a quest to read all her books. This little volume holds is a full semester of poetry classroom worked into its 211 pages. On my first read through, my favorite section is I n the chapter titled Joy. Peacock notes (p189-191) that poet Elizabeth Bishop uses every type of punctuation in traditional use in her poem JOY. Peacock writes,” Inside parenthesis Bishop makes her jokes—(part of the set) she says raising an eyebrow. Parentheses are like two raised ...more
Rochelle Jewel  Shapiro
This book is for anyone who loves poetry or who has ever wanted to. Peacock takes you deeply into the life of a number of poems, helps you get into the structure, the music, and the meaning in a very intimate way.
Kim
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
this book was my *happiest accident* ever. Ordered a different book online, and seller mailed me this instead. It's a delightful introduction to poetry and 10 lovely poems. Poetry Circle, anyone? :)
Ellen
Nov 29, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
been 'currently reading' this book for six years. just sayin'. . . .
Diann Blakely
Intended for the burgeoning members of book clubs, though, unfortunately, a volume that never seems to have been grasped to the hearts of such gatherings, Peacock's is a selective guide. She elects to discuss only 13 poems, recognizing the value of focus, especially for those avid general readers who avoid poetry because they think it’s too difficult or too inaccessible. Her chapters—replete with personal anecdotes, casual erudition, and keen personal insight—-center around “talismanic” poems li ...more
Serena
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I found grown -up poetry to be as spongy as a forest floor--your foot sinks into the pine needles, the air smells mushroomy and dank, and filtered light swirls around you till you're deep in another state." (Page 8)

Molly Peacock's How to Read a Poem . . . and Start a Poetry Circle provides a great deal of information in just 200 pages. From how to interpret poems to how to create a poetry circle and join the ranks of those dipping their feet into the poetic pool.

"Yet as strangely contemporary a
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Lia /|\
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in both learning more about reading poetry and in how to start a poetry circle (mostly the circle), and this book is juicy on the former, but parched on the latter. That bit was squished into one short chapter at the end, mostly about choosing the frequency of meetings (monthly or seasonal seems best). However, the delving into poetry section skipped analyzation and technical terms and went about chewing over some great poems with an artist's eye, which was fantastic. I really e ...more
Matthew
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My only complaint of this book is the title -- which made me think the book might be one of those how-to guides that sticks to basic advice about poetry (like "show don't tell") and then encourages the reader to pursue community rather than publishing credits.

Instead, this book is a talented poet sharing great commentary on selected poems. The author calls her selections "talismans" but the point is that they are poems which can be appreciated on many levels (and with many visits).

I would recomm
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Jack Coleman
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iam not into poetry circles as yet.Its hard enought to find anyone who gives a damn about
the language they speak,never mind reading poetry.
I read poetry from Shakespear to unknowns and its wonderful.Try it,try this book.
Library book sale find.
Michael
Jun 21, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in poetry
Molly Peacock does a great job of introducing poetry reading, and by the end of the book, you will be eager to find some great collections on your own. She picks great poems to dissect, and while I found her to be a bit verbose at times, she is an excellent teacher. An enjoyable read!
Taylor Collins
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a treat to read this. "When Evening Comes" and "The Filling Station" would be my first choice if I were going to start a poetry circle. Maybe I'll start a poetry circle soon. The world can't have enough circles or poetry!
Michal
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Also see A Poetry Home Repair Manual.
Janet
Dec 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, poetry
This is good one.
Mike Kruse
Hey, April is Poetry Month. I need to read more poetry. How about you?
Cristina
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: for any reader of poetry
Shelves: poetry
I liked the way Molly broke this book into chapters that followed some aspect of the poem. She offered her favorite poems and great anecdotes. My favorite was her one-time encounter with Jane Kenyon.
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Molly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet, biographer, memoirist, and New Yorker transplanted to Toronto, her adopted city.

Her newest book of poems is THE ANALYST (W.W. Norton & Company) where she takes up a unique task: telling the story of her psychotherapist who survived a stroke by reconnecting with her girlhood talent for painting. Peacock’s latest work of nonfiction is THE PAPER GARDEN
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