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A collection of essays by contemporary American poets on the subject of their art.


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A collection of essays by contemporary American poets on the subject of their art.

30 review for Claims for Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lain

    This book has meant more to my craft as a writer than any other book on writing. I literally lined my wall in paper and just started writing parts of the text up on my walls. A deep reminder of poetic care.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Timons Esaias

    I've been reading in this book for several years now, but this last year I finally worked my way through systematically, from cover to cover. The thing is 34 years old, now, and many of the essays in it are from decades before its original publication date, but I found it mostly relevant to the poetry world of today. This is the book that was to come, and we don't need to wait for another. Forty-three writers weigh in on the subject of poetry, and the efforts are presented in alphabetical order o I've been reading in this book for several years now, but this last year I finally worked my way through systematically, from cover to cover. The thing is 34 years old, now, and many of the essays in it are from decades before its original publication date, but I found it mostly relevant to the poetry world of today. This is the book that was to come, and we don't need to wait for another. Forty-three writers weigh in on the subject of poetry, and the efforts are presented in alphabetical order of author. You'd think there would be a cleverer way of arranging the thing, but this works just fine. We get a jumble of ideas, many contradictions, and the reader will reorganize it in their own mind, anyway. Two of the pieces I marked most heavily -- Richard Wilbur's "Poetry and Happiness" and William Stafford's "A Way of Writing" -- are at the end, so the collection finishes strongly. But I've got marginal notes all through this book. Donald Hall's piece appealed to me, and many, many others. What I especially admire about this collection of essays is that it is primarily a practitioner's guide to the art, not a critic's. Some of the authors try to don the robes of an objective critic, but mostly the guise slips, or fails, and we get the view from the people who live the life. This makes the collection especially useful for teaching poets at the college level, where they might be able to begin comprehending it, but before they've forgotten that poetry is a living art, not a dead subject.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grant

    this is a collection of essays by poets on the craft of poetry and aiding someone who writes poetry. the topics range from editing one's poems to developing a sense of appreciation for those things in your life that will lend themselves to aiding one's poetry. one essay is basically a list of ideas to help a person get started on poem, little one liners to jog creativity: there is a town and at night all the dogs roam the streets. the point is the essays are broad in topic and type. some weird, this is a collection of essays by poets on the craft of poetry and aiding someone who writes poetry. the topics range from editing one's poems to developing a sense of appreciation for those things in your life that will lend themselves to aiding one's poetry. one essay is basically a list of ideas to help a person get started on poem, little one liners to jog creativity: there is a town and at night all the dogs roam the streets. the point is the essays are broad in topic and type. some weird, some not. i think anyone interested in writing poetry or enjoys poetry would like this book. besides donald hall, who edited it, there are pieces by wendall berry, jorie graham, and other big names.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    the essay by snodgrass made me feel hopeful. but also skeptical.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marnix Ftita

    Some essays are almost academic in style, but they are all informative and insightfull essays on poetry and poets.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arthur Kayzakian

    Amazing insight into poetry. Inspires new writing just by writing these amazing essays. This book is a must have on every poet's writing desk. Amazing insight into poetry. Inspires new writing just by writing these amazing essays. This book is a must have on every poet's writing desk.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    great essays by a variety of poets. a little older--most were written before 1985, but still solid pieces. smart, but not overly academic.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy Kitchell

    I needed this for my long papers

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Read selections for this for Poetics. Some really great stuff here, even if I didn't agree with it all. Supremely useful in determining my own aesthetics. Read selections for this for Poetics. Some really great stuff here, even if I didn't agree with it all. Supremely useful in determining my own aesthetics.

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    Katherine

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    Anna Harris-Parker

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    Mary-Lynne

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    Parke

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    Christopher

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    David Lister

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    Mo

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    Michael

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    Ann Michael

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    Michael Smith

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    Mark

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    Ron Mohring

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    Allison

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    Joshua Robbins

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    Kate Murr

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