The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

The Poetry Home Repair Manual Practical Advice for Beginning Poets Ted Kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for 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

  • Title: The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets
  • Author: Ted Kooser
  • ISBN: 9780803259782
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ted Kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for 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 liteTed Kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for 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 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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    About Author

    1. Ted Kooser lives in rural Nebraska with his wife, Kathleen, and three dogs He is one of America s most noted poets, having served two terms as U S Poet Laureate and, during the second term, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection, DELIGHTS SHADOWS He is a retired life insurance executive who now teaches part time at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln The school board in Lincoln, Nebraska, recently opened Ted Kooser Elementary School, which Ted says is his greatest honor, among many awards and distinctions He has published twelve collections of poetry and three nonfiction books Two of the latter are books on writing, THE POETRY HOME REPAIR MANUAL and WRITING BRAVE AND FREE, and a memoir, LIGHTS ON A GROUND OF DARKNESS all from University of Nebraska Press BAG IN THE WIND from Candlewick is his first children s book, with which he is delighted It s wonderful, Ted said, to be writing for young people I am reinventing myself at age 70.

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    1. More from the bookLet s say a head weighs so much because it may contain, among thousands of other images, the Grand Canyon or the rolling sea off Cape Hatteras Tons of colorful stone, or slate gray crashing water.Think how much just those two vistas weigh, complete with the heavy tourist traffic, thousands of screaming gulls, and the frightened look your little daughter had on her face when they brought her first lobster and set it before her, claws and all The big bang theory of the origin of [...]


    2. A couple months ago I was struck with an urge to read, write, and enjoy poetry It was a convergence, I m sure, of a variety of outside influences I d heard, for example, that writing poetry could infuse a person with almost magical writing power Likewise, that reading it could open one s third eye and allow the seeing of truths, telepathic conversations with John Keats, psychokinesis, telekineses, force lightning, and mindsex.So I said, why not and set about writing one poem every day along with [...]


    3. This slim little treatise offers some of the most practical, applicable advice on writing that I ve come across yet Kooser puts less emphasis on technical aspects of form and rhythm in favor of solid poetry that s written to be read, pointing out that the music is a less conscious process It s friendly and encouraging I found myself nodding in recognition of mistakes I make, proud to see things I already work on, and reaching for the highlighter often.


    4. Ted Kooser is a nice man I knew from the minute I saw his photo on the back cover an avuncular figure in a cable knit sweater smiling blithely into the camera, a mug of something in his hand that this would not be elitist, it would not be condescending and it would not be highflown This is a book for the intimidated and the uncertain, for the simple and the popular There are the sorts of people who like poetry as poetry not because it seems like they ought to like it, or because it fits into the [...]


    5. Kooser s guide did not change my life, it did however encapsulate pretty much everything I tell beginning poets in a neat, understandable way supplemented by mostly excellent examples Also, Kooser s voice is gentle and wise and the author picture has him in a big sweater with a cuppa something Maybe the latter doesn t matter so much but if I m giving a book five stars, I try to take everything into account.


    6. This is a favorite The book is as advertised in the title, but is also much in that it explains a lot about how poetry works, without taking away any of the magic Another great book along these lines is How to Read a Poem and Start Poetry Circle by Molly Peacock.


    7. This little powerhouse of a how to has some outdated publishing and submission information in it written before the explosion of Internet publishing and duotrope, but for craft advice, it can t be beat Accessible for beginners and good reminders for those advanced writers, Ted Kooser has given the world of poetry a generous gift If you ve ever had questions on how to break your lines, whether to use a metaphor or simile in a particular context and how and where to sprinkle those adjectives and [...]


    8. So, if Immersed in Verse is the funny childish love of poetry and awesome inspiration bit then this baby is the we re all grown up, and now have settled down to work on art but we haven t quite given up our sense of humor bit.The advice is absolutely indispensable, and ought to be required reading for every aspiring poet It s also a delight to read just delicious Please, oh please, read.


    9. More than practical advice for beginning poets, this is a book that all poets should have on their bookshelves I especially enjoyed the chapter on Fine Tuning Metaphors and Similes and the examples the author used to demonstrate the different techniques in writing Each chapter includes helpful lessons as well as strong poems.


    10. Kooser conducts a straightforward discussion of the role of poetry and devices beginners can employ to get started writing Although this text is an informative, easy read, it s geared towards the individual rather than a classroom setting He doesn t attempt to teach poetic styles he presents poetic advice.


    11. Of the variety of books on writing poetry that I have read, this is one of the most intriguing It is an excellent source for beginners but has some thought provoking information for those trying to fine tune their poetic craft.


    12. Clear ideas on the craft of poetry revision and help for the beginning serious poet as well Thoroughly enjoyed the voice and ideas.



    13. This is the best book I have found on poetry writing There is no meaningless dribble, no painfully overstated professor talk It helped me become a much better writer.


    14. I use this to teach beginning creative writers Works like a champ I don t agree with everything he says, and there s some stuff I really wish he d say But overall he does the job proud.


    15. I read this with my Poetry Workshop students this semester One of Kooser s key points is that a poet must never forget the audience like Billy Collins, he argues for crafting poetry that is accessible, and his humorous and engaging writing style proves that he does indeed practice what he preaches What I appreciated most about Kooser s text is that it provides ample and explicit guidance, linking each piece of advice to specific poems from various writers It also helps beginning poets to contemp [...]


    16. My third book looking to the what and how of writing and reading poetry I guess it s actually my fourth but the first one sucked, so I already forgot itI m not sure this is better than Mary Oliver s or Glyn Maxwell s I m really not sure I am sure that I found this book thoroughly enjoyable, uplifting, interesting, readable, enlightening and educational I know, Mr Kooser, educational is such a dry, technical word, but this book educated me, in the best, warmest most personal way.Mr Kooser makes i [...]


    17. This book was highly recommended to me, but I have to say, I found it disappointing The definition of poetry is extremely limited and limiting, and the advice for writing poetry is thus limited by that narrow definition I ve been debating with myself whether these limits are helpful to new writers why overwhelm why confuse , but I just can t believe the narrowness is necessary I ve been reading Bob Hicok s WORDS FOR EMPTY AND WORDS FOR FULL alongside this one, and Hicok s book is staggering me w [...]


    18. I ve selected The Poetry Home Repair Manual, by previous U.S Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, as the textbook for my Fall poetry writing class twice now I looked at a number of standard college texts on the subject which tend to cost over a hundred dollars for a trade paperback , and I found them to be exhaustive, exhausting, and likely to be intimidating to undergraduates And therefore likely to be unread.To take an example, the Wallace Boisseau textbook spends the first five chapters, over 140 pages, [...]


    19. A short book Well structured with short chapters An easy going, friendly, conversational style likeable imho Wisely unambitious in the sense that Kooser doesn t make any attempt to be too comprehensive Instead he opts to focus on a dozen important considerations he could, I imagine, write a sequel I think he does a good job by supporting his thoughts with examples taken from his own and other poet s work He spends time fully fleshing out each of the perspectives he has chosen as a topic for each [...]


    20. I borrowed this book from the local library, but I will likely buy it What did CS Lewis say Don t waste your time on a book you wouldn t read again and again Or, something like that.This book, at bottom, is an apologetic for Kooser s own philosophy of poetry One I ll bet you ll agree with the writer should serve the reader, love them even He quotes Seamus Heaney to this effect The aim of the poet and the poetry is finally to be of service, to ply the effort of the individual work into the larger [...]


    21. Loving this line, I m paraphrasing his quote from John Fowles You don t get the audience from preaching and philosophizing, but from the baser tricks of the trade from wooing the reader into the palm of your hand A great book for writing basics, whether in prose or in poetry Good for me to see the poetry equivalent to the prose I ve been teaching my students and his added insights on controlling metaphors and similes In this world where we rush to crank out a novel in one month, good to take in [...]


    22. Wonderful The subtitle of this book reads Practical Advice for Beginning Poets but I think it shoudl read for all poets This is a wonderful compendium of good common sense advice, full of ways at looking at language, ways of expressing yourself, writing exercises, prompts and tips It s a no nonsense look at a very ephemeral thing But that is no surprise coming from Ted Kooser He s as down to earth as they come.Highly recommended for anyone interested in reading or writing poetry It will give you [...]


    23. This slim volume is arguably the best how to book on writing poetry that reads like a fascinating book Kooser is a former U.S poet laureate, but the book is down to earth, and deceptively simple The book is divided into chapters that are also concerns for writers First Impressions, Writing for Others, Writing from Memory as well as topics that poets need to address Working with Detail, Controlling Effects, Don t Worry About the Rules Every writer, poet or not, needs to have this useful, friendly [...]


    24. Basically Kooser reminding contemporary poets to have less fun and stop being overly complicatedwhich does have it s place, sometimes There really are decent tips in here, things I know I shall keep in mind, things I know will improve my writing Overall, however, it feels very pessimistic Kooser and I live around the same parts and I feel like he might be one of the old men who would tell me to get off his lawn but then offer me iced tea and let me pet his dog while telling me about why kids the [...]


    25. This is a marvelous book about words and writing, not just for poets but for prose writers too Good stuff about the weight of a noun, and when the tentative quality of a simile works better than a strident metaphor Kooser made me feel it was okay that I find I don t like a lot of poetry, and he made me identify why I don t like it, at the same time as he introduced me to some wonderful new to me poets I rec to all.


    26. This is a very helpful book for beginning poets Kooser demystifies the process of writing and editing poems without being overly technical.


    27. There is probably nothing Kooser could have said that would have made me happier than what he said at the start of the first chapter, About This Book You ll find I pay lots of attention to a poet s relationship with readers If you ve gotten the impression from teachers or from reading contemporary poetry that poets don t need to write with a sense of somebody out there who might read what they ve written, this book is not for you Poetry is communication, and every word that I ve written here sub [...]


    28. Entertaining as well as enlightening Eminently sensible as well You ll never be able to make a living writing poems We d better get this money business out of the way before we go any further Ted KooserThis comes right at the beginning of the book, and I m sure it s true Even so, the author presents a lot of good advice, peppered with humorous anecdotes and self deprecations as well as good examples and explanations.A must read for aspiring as well as practicing poets.


    29. This was a refreshing manual on writing craft, focusing not on specific poetry forms, but on how one goes about writing a poem What kind of content can you cover, what are you trying to do, and what are some writing strategies It s a practical, down to earth how to that encourages everyone to pick up a pen and try to write


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