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How to write specific forms:
Haibun. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Tanka.
Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Prose poem. Rondeau. Rubáiyát.
Sestina. Skaldic verse. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
Billy Collins exercise.
Snorri's Edda. Carl Dennis. Corey Marks. Franz Wright. Gary Young. The Gawain Poet.
Jack Gilbert. Jane Hirshfield. Jorie Graham. Karen Braucher. Kay Ryan.
Laureate Poets: Britain; USA.
Len Anderson. Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Nordic Skalds. Pulitzer Poetry Prize (U.S.A).
Richard Hugo. Robert Bly. Sara Teasdale. Snorri's Edda. Stephen Dunn. Ted Kooser. W.S. Merwin.
On Jack Gilbert
by J. Zimmerman
Jack Gilbert. Refusing Heaven. The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992 Structure. Samples. Links. Books.
|Refusing Heaven, by Jack Gilbert.|
Jack Gilbert, author of four poetry books:
Astonishingly, his work has not yet appeared in The Best American Poetry Series.
The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992 is Jack Gilbert's 3rd poetry book, published in 1995.
Contains 85 poems, presented in a single flow without being grouped into sections. Almost every poem is a single stream, undivided into stanzas.
A crystalline voice. Almost a tanka sensibility extended into a 1-page lyric poem.
Refusing Heaven is Jack Gilbert's 4th poetry book, published in 2005.
Jack Gilbert credits only The New Yorker for previous publication (seven of the poems).
Lines are commonly between eight and twelve syllables, and without end-rhyme.
Most of the poems are less than a page long. The smaller poems (like the four-line "Truth" and the three-line "Metier") are necessary and sufficient.
The title poem is about two-thirds through the book.
Gilbert (like the Nordic Skalds a millenium ago and unlike most poets today) uses strong nouns and adjectives while using weak verbs (most frequently is).
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