In the Palm of Your Hand: A Poet's Portable Workshop

Ideal for teachers who have been searching for a way to motivat students with a love for writing -- and reading -- contemporary poetry.

It is anothe ook about shaping your memories and passions, your pleasures, obsessions, dreams, secrets, and sorrows into the poems you have always seeme to rite. If you long to create poetry that is magical and moving, this is he memoi you 've been looking for.

Here are chapters on the language and music of poetry, the rt of revision, traditional and experimental techniques, and how to et your poetry started, perfected, and published. Not the least of thi essa 's pleasures are model poems by many of the best contemporary poets, illuminating craft discussions, and he poe 's detailed suggestions for writing dozens of poems about your deepest and most passionate concerns.
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In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop
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Published June 1st 2003 by Tilbury House Publishers (first published June 15th 1995

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But, as indee, in search of he perfect teacher/poetry for middle school book.

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I ead his ook and do almost all assignments.

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ome ight think so after reading Dorriane Laux 's introduction.

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S only ha the instruction clear and helpful, but he writing is so accessible that the students looked forward to reading it.

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He has great insight on various elements of the poetry writing process, as demonstrated in chapters like " The Art of Revision " and " Lonely as a Leftover Thumb: Figure and Image " and " Speeding Home in Reverse: The Controlling Metaphor. " I would heartily recommend his memoi to other oets, other teachers, and therefore to people who want insight into how poets put poems together -- from structure to the basic mechanics of poetic language.

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