A Poetry Handbook
I do not write poetry, but I enjoyed her advice to b ...more
Some will tire of this quickly. Why write a book about the unnameable aspects of the art? Oliver's handbook is necessary because while skilled poets may see the strings of talent, beaut ...more
I read the less-than-150-page text over a weekend. I have the feeling that I ...more
I'm spoiled by John Ciardi's How Does a Poem Mean? Nevertheless, this was a helpful overview of essential elements to good poetry. Perhaps because nothing seemed new, it didn't strike me as a "must read."
Oliver articulates what I've always believed:
To write well it is necessary to read widely and deeply.
When she talks about revision, she admits that her poems have roughly 40-50 drafts. Well, now.
The crowning jewel of a quote came at the end. These are her closing words. I'v ...more
Completely by chance, last week (thanks to a job wherein I’m typesetting a book of poetry), I checked out a stack of poetry books from the library, among them Mary Oliver’s.
I spent last night and tonight steeped in her words. I stayed awake reading. I had no idea, not until a few moments ago. It feels spooky, in a way. Not in a bad way. But in a way that feels hard to deny, the way when life brushes against you and whispers, listen.
I went back just now and re-read “The Lo...more
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, perh ...more
Oliver presents a concise and straightforward introduction to the art of poetry, focusing on the importance of both exposing yourself to many different poems and poets and of imitating some of those many, techniques which are considered traditional in the visual arts but not so much in the written. Having laid her foundation, she moves on to the ...more
And here's to another book on the craft of writing poetry! This one, though, being by a talented practitioner of the art that is, Mary Oliver, celebrated American poetess winner (among other acclaimed recognitions) of the National Book Award (1992) and the Pulitzer Pr ...more
I had learned much of this information decades ago in high school, but had not realized it until I started reading this book and realized I had come across this info before. I found it an excellent refresher for someone who wants to try their hand at poet ...more
It didn't make me want to lock myself in a room and start, so, while it was clear and concise, I'm only giving it 3 stars.
Not that my opinion matters. ...more
“In a region that has produced most of the nation's poet laureates, it is risky to single out one fragile 71-year-old bard of Provincetown. But Mary Oliver, who won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1983, is my choice for her joyous, accessible, intimate observations of the na ...more