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A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
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If I hadn't looked at the copyright, I would have thought this gem was a recent work of Oliver's. She is so wise and informative and authentic in this short guide, and she speaks to the reader as if they are one of her students, a person she wishes to mentor. I guffawed and nodded in agreement at some of her honest advice. For example, she says calls poetic diction "a collection of real clunkers. It is language that is stale, mirthful when it does not mean to be, and empty. Avoid it." Bazinga! Oliver provided great context and history of poetry throughout this book, and its organization is logical. The model poems she includes are appropriate for what she teaches. Any teacher of poetry, student of poetry, writer of poetry would feel informed and refreshed after reading this book.
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October 19, 2013 – Finished Reading
October 27, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
October 27, 2013 – Shelved
October 27, 2013 – Shelved as: poetry
October 27, 2013 – Shelved as: nonfiction

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