“The alchemy of poetry transmutes the intimate chatter of our lives into something deeper and more powerful,” writes Annie Finch in the introduction to A Poet’s Craft, a guide to the entire process of writing a poem from inspiration to publication. With chapters on metaphor, rhyme, syntax, and more, this complete volume includes hundreds of classic and contemporary poems demonstrating examples of form and technique by poets such as Mahmoud Darwish, Brenda Hillman, Li-Young Lee, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Teaching guide, anthology, and craft book all rolled into one, this is a necessary book for any reader or writer of poetry seeking to further their understanding of the written word.
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