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2002 Poets Market
Poetry brings words to life with truth and passion unequaled by ordinary fiction. It awakens the senses, evokes powerful moods and moments in time. Get your poetry published with 2002 Poet's Market! It helps define and direct your efforts with listings for more than 1,800 book, journal and magazine publishers and editors. You'll also find information on grants, conferences, workshops, contests and more.

How To Publish Your Poetry
Great guide no matter where you are in your career. She gives walk throughs and tips along the way. Nice resource.

Writer's Market 2002
Get published and get PAID for it with 2000 Writer's Market! Inside you'll find more than 4,000 up-to-date leads, featuring consumer and trade magazines, book publishers, script buyers and more. Using easy-to-reference symbols and indexes, you'll quickly target your most promising market opportunities among listings that provide all the critical submission information you need.

Freelance Writing
Unlike the mass of freelance writing books aimed at readers who fondly hope to become wealthy freelance writers any which way they can, Freelance Wiling: Breaking In Without Selling Out is for educated people whose primary motivation for trying to get into print is the wish to effectively communicate their ideas, skills and discoveries in appropriate publications. Few books are directed to the potential writer who wants to follow his or her own path. If fulfilling your sense of responsibility to your subject, to your audience, and to yourself is important to your satisfaction as a writer, Marcia Yudkin's concise and sensible handbook is for you.

Secrets of a Freelance Writer
Dozens of high-paying, commercial writing projects are available. These include ads, annual reports, brochures, catalogs, newsletters, direct-mail packages, audiovisual presentations, and other promotional pieces. This new, fully revised edition of Bob Bly's invaluable resource tells how to tap these lucrative but lesser known markets. Has been called the "Freelancer's Bible."

Poet's Guide
Bugeja is the former poetry columnist for Writer's Digest , as well as a poet in his own right, and he's assembled an invaluable package of information for the bard who knows verse can't be taught -- it can't -- but wants the goods on organizing and publicizing readings, compiling chapbooks, submitting to magazines, negotiating with editors, etc. It may not be art, but it's vital, because, as Bugeja notes in his preface, "... I stopped believing good work speaks for itself... (it) speaks for itself in front of the right editor." Here's how to find her.

The Poetry Dictionary
John Drury's Poetry Dictionary is no dreary list of defined terms to cram for your poetry final. It's a work of art in itself, written in Drury's engagingly lucid prose, liberally spiced with examples from the world's best poets. Curious about sequence? Drury gives a clear definition of the term, followed by Katha Pollitt's "Vegetable Poems" in sequence 1-5. Forgotten the rules of the villanelle? Drury explains the form, gives a little historic background, and presents examples by Jean Passerat, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Dylan Thomas, Weldon Kees, and James Cummins. Never has a poetry dictionary been so browsable, so erudite, and so engaging. --Stephanie Gold as quoted on

Writing Personal Poetry
Beginning with "12 Things You Can Do to Help Yourself Write Poetry," Sheila Bender shows aspiring poets how to peel away their inhibitions and get in touch with their deepest, truest feelings. Encouraging readers to write everything from dream journals and postcards to lists and clustered phrases, Bender gently teaches them to use words that show instead of tell, while guiding them to avoid general words that "categorize" how they feel. As readers progress, they'll begin to sculpt poems out of the words and phrases they've collected, using sensory details, simile and metaphor to create rich, evocative images.

How To Write Poetry
A very thin, unpretentious book that gives you tools, practice, and examples in the craft of poetry without getting extremely analytical...Practical exercises are dotted liberally throughout the book. No theory is introduced without lots and lots of hands-on application...It makes a valuable starter book, a valuable reference book (for forms, meter, etc.), and a valuable exercise book for ongoing poetry calisthenics. --Anitra Dancing, Speakeasy, as quoted on

Finding What You Didn't Lose
Poetry discovers and speaks a truth ordinary language cannot express. Poet-teacher Fox reveals how imagery, sound, methaphor, rhythm and other poetic elements can help us tell our inner story, heal psychological wounds, discover spiritual connection, and develop the rich creative imagination that lies within us all.

Poetic Medicine
Powerful and exciting, Poetic Medicines illustrates the unique role that poem-making can have in addressing the situations that lead us to renewal in our lives. This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone doing any sort of greif and healing work thru Poetry. If you are even remotely interested in Poetry Therapy, the discipline and application of it, then you have to read this book.

In The Palm Of Your Hand: The Poet's Portible Workshop
Steve Kowit believes, and rightly so, that poetry should show, not tell. The same could be said for good teaching, which is what makes this volume so remarkable. In In the Palm of Your Hand Kowit employs more than 100 poems and excerpts to illustrate his discussions on everything from metaphor to meter to metaphysics. Working your way through this book--and it is work--is like sitting in on a terrific creative-writing seminar, minus the criticism (both constructive and destructive) of fellow students. If you go by the book, you'll have written at least 69 poems by the end. Because of its explication of the basic tenets of poetry, In the Palm of Your Hand might be mistaken for a beginners' book only. That would be a shame. There are so many good ideas here that more experienced poets won't want to miss out; Kowit has lots of exciting ways to invigorate one's writing. (Here's a favorite quick tip: "A good rule of thumb is never to use a word that you're proud of.") In the Palm of Your Hand is also recommended for members of writing groups who are interested in imposing some kind of structure on their meetings.

A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
This slender guide by Mary Oliver deserves a place on the shelves of any budding poet. In clear, accessible prose, Oliver (winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for poetry) arms the reader with an understanding of the technical aspects of poetry writing. Her lessons on sound, line (length, meter, breaks), poetic forms (and lack thereof), tone, imagery, and revision are illustrated by a handful of wonderful poems (too bad Oliver was so modest as to not include her own). What could have been a dry account is infused throughout with Oliver's passion for her subject, which she describes as "a kind of possible love affair between something like the heart (that courageous but also shy factory of emotion) and the learned skills of the conscious mind." One comes away from this volume feeling both empowered and daunted. Writing poetry is good, hard work.

The Poet's Companion
"We wanted to create a book," say poets Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux in their introduction to The Poet's Companion, "that would focus on both craft and process." The book they have created is an impassioned exploration of poetry writing that addresses subject matter, craft, and the writing life. The reigning wisdom is that poets, like other creative writers, should write what they know. "The trick," say the authors, "is to find out what we know, challenge what we know, own what we know, and then give it away in language." Elsewhere they add that, while "as poets, we need to write from our experience ... that experience may be mental, emotional, and imaginative as well as physical."

Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words
Poemcrazy is the poetic analog to Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird or Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, two classic works on how to forget that you "can't write" and just start the pen moving. Susan Wooldridge is a swimming instructor in the wide ocean of language, encouraging us to move ever farther from the shore, dive deep, and dance on the waves.

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