Recently appointed as the new U. S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for more than forty years. In the pages of "The Poetry Home Repair Manual," Kooser brings those decades of experience to bear. Here are tools and insights, the instructions (and warnings against instructions) that poets aspiring or practicing can ...
Recently appointed as the new U. S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for more than forty years. In the pages of "The Poetry Home Repair Manual," Kooser brings those decades of experience to bear. Here are tools and insights, the instructions (and warnings against instructions) that poets aspiring or practicing can use to hone their craft, perhaps into art. Using examples from his own rich literary oeuvre and from the work of a number of successful contemporary poets, the author schools us in the critical relationship between poet and reader, which is fundamental to what Kooser believes is poetry s ultimate purpose: to reach other people and touch their hearts.Much more than a guidebook to writing and revising poems, this manual has all the comforts and merits of a long and enlightening conversation with a wise and patient old friend a friend who is willing to share everything he s learned about the art he s spent a lifetime learning to execute so well."
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Intuitively, I knew I wanted to write and thought I could, but receiving well meaning criticism made me change my mind. Ted Kooser's book is a marvelous reference book to keep handy. Read it, browse it in your leisure and keep going back to it, Kooser's book will make you a better writer..
Dec 24, 2009
A highly readable tool for the beginner and the published poet alike, written with humor and personal insight--a rarity in the prose-on-poetry works.
Apr 30, 2009
For Aspiring Poets
I purchased this book as a gift for a close relative. She loves literature and is beginning to write her own stories. She found the book enlightening and helpful.
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