The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice
An award-winning poet, teacher, and “champion of poetry” (New York Times) demystifies the elusive element of voice.
In this accessible and distilled craft guide, acclaimed poet Tony Hoagland approaches poetry through the frame of poetic voice, that mysterious connective element that binds the speaker and reader together. A poem strong in the dimension of voice is an animate thing of shif(New ...more
What's encouraging about the book is the way it frees shackles from many writers --- specifically poets practicing under the dictum that all poetry must be "cut to the bone" to be successful.
Turns out, Hoagland proves, not so much. Good voice poems s ...more
I’ve read all of Hoagland’s verse as well as his books on craft. This particular book, about voice, is as good as any of his others, though it’s subject is a bit trickier to define let alone teach people how to enhance or clarify.
But Hoagland does it. As usual. The biggest problem, for me, is remembering all these things I’m learning when I’m in the unconscious first drafts and the granularity of rew ...more
I've written at least one poem a day for over 20.
I've published over 20 books of the stuff. And,
this book helped me... terribly...
changed me and the way I work, even.
I really should re-read it at least once a year.