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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.
J. Zimmerman. J. Zimmerman (haiku). J. Zimmerman (tanka).
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.
Poems. Time Line. Books.
Between Angels (1989).
My favorites include:
Friendship: someone leaning to your side of the truth.
. . . How could we not have become friends or the kind of enemies who must talk into the night just one mistake away from love? . . . I had so much to tell her before we die about what I'd done all these years in between, under, and around truths like hers. Who knows where we would have stopped?
and the unwritten caption that to be wild means nothing you do or have done needs to be explained.
Whoever sent you must have been desperate and accidentally brilliant, you with whom we'd never argue, the damaged, unnerving, barely hopeful, last resort.
The book's closing poem (p.110-111) is Walking the Marshlands, and it ends:
But already we were near the end. Praise refuge, I thought. Praise whatever you can.
Different Hours (2000).
(2001 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry).
These poems have been highly praised by respected and skilled poets. I find it impossible to characterize a "Carl Dennis poem"; his voice is elusive and flat; I could not recognize an anonymous poem as his.
To me most poems in the first half of the book are hard to enter, perhaps because of their quasi-academic language, perhaps because I can't figure out their emotional stance. The second half of the book is more accessible.
Among the poems that I did admire are: "The Same Cold", "Losing Steps", "Art", "Story", "Men in the Sky", "Burying the Cat", and "A Postmortem Guide".
An inevitable favorite is
"John & Mary",
inspired by this widely distributed quote from a student's paper:
"John & Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who also had never met."
Local Time (1986).
It was supposed to be Art & Crafts for a week, but when she came home with the "Jesus Saves" button, we knew what art was up, what ancient craft. ... You can't say to your child "Evolution loves you." The story stinks of extinction and nothing exciting happens for centuries. I didn't have a wonderful story for my child and she was beaming. All the way home in the car she sang the songs, occasionally standing up for Jesus. There was nothing to do but drive, ride it out, sing along in silence.
The streetlights were invisible, though their light illuminated the snow, seemed almost to bring it down.
The rest of the day was bright yellows, greens, every little thing coming out of its hiding place to be seen.
|New and Selected Poems 1974-1994.|
Contains 26 poems from Between Angels and 15 poems from Local Time.
Books of Poetry Form. Alphabetic list of poetry forms and related topics. How to Write Poetry.
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