Posted on December 3, 2014. Filed under: Fiction, Information, Nonfiction |

Now that you have written your novel for National Novel Writing Month, try writing poetry.

Want to write with others? The Poetry Club meets every Tuesday Night 6:30-7:30 RHC Room A190

Want to share your poetry? On Monday, Dec. 8th, The DP Library will sponsor Beautiful Minds: An Open Reading of Poetry & Fiction on the lower level at 11:00-12:15 pm.

Need more help? Here are some books and movies to help and inspire you.

book cover for How To Write PoetryHow To Write Poetry
by Nancy Bogen

“Based on line-by-line analyses of classic poems, this popular guide shows students how to use all the most common poetic forms and devices to develop their personal poetic style” (descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Be a Poet!Be a Poet
by Nancy Bogen

“Be a Poet! is a friendly, accessible guidebook for beginning poets of all ages and situations, containing many exercises designed to expand their repertoire of rhythms and forms. Bogen uses examples from canonical poets like Carl Sandburg and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as well as three contemporary poets whom she has interviewed personally about their writing habits and tricks. This handbook for the poetically inclined includes in-depth coverage of words and how to use them effectively, plus chapters on rhyming, rhythm, the iamb from blank verse to the various forms of the sonnet, and exotica like art songs, Pindaric and Horatian odes, and terza rima. Its concluding appendix listing addresses of writers’ organizations is especially useful” ( Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful PoetsThe 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir
by Jeffrey Skinner.

“A private eye turned moderately successful poet leads readers on a satiric, hopeful tour of how to make a life in the arts, while still having a life. Revealing, hilarious, and peppered with sly takes on the ins and outs of contemporary American poetry (chapters include ‘The Silence of the Iambs,’ ‘The Revisionarium, Ask Dr. Frankenpoem,’ and ‘The Periodic Table of Poetic Elements’), Jeffrey Skinner offers advice, candor, and wit” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

DVD cover for SlamSlam

“Trapped in Dodge City, a drug-infested war zone in southeast Washington D.C., Ray Joshua gets caught up in a drug deal gone bad and is sucked into the criminal justice system. In jail he finds truth in himself and his craft through Lauren Bell, a beautiful and charismatic writing teacher who leads him to the path of salvation. Using his talent for poetic rap, Ray learns to survive and rise above the pain of his lost generation” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Death & FameDeath & Fame: Poems, 1993-1997
by Allen Ginsberg

“Allen Ginsberg helped found the Beat Generation, along with Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs in 1944 in New York City. His poetry, especially the masterpieces ‘Howl’ and ‘Kaddish,’ formed and influenced a generation of writers, musicians, and poets. Now, on the third anniversary of his death comes this paperback edition of Ginsberg’s last verses, written in the years shortly before his death, and including a preface by poet Robert Creeley and an after word by Ginsberg’s amanuensis, Bob Rosenthal. With Ginsberg’s signature style and singular perspective remarkably present in each of these poems, Death & Fame allows readers one final glimpse into the workings of this extraordinary artist’s mind and imagination” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for How To Write a PoemHow to Write a Poem
by John Redmond

“An innovative introduction to writing poetry designed for students of creative writing and budding poets alike. Challenges the reader’s sense of what is possible in a poem. Traces the history and highlights the potential of poetry. Focuses on the fundamental principles of poetic construction, such as: Who is speaking? Who are they speaking to? Why does their speaking take this form? Considers both experimental and mainstream approaches to contemporary poetry. Consists of fourteen chapters, making it suitable for use over one semester. Encourages readers to experiment with their poetry” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Collected Poems, Prose, & PlaysCollected Poems, Prose & Plays
by Robert Frost

“Frost, whose poetry focuses on natural images of New England, received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry four times for: New Hampshire, Collected Poems, A Further Range, and A Witness Tree. His works are noted for combining characteristics of both romanticism and modernism. He also wrote A Boy’s Will, North of Boston, Mountain Interval, and The Gift Outright, among others” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Kevin Purtell


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