10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2013
This book is wonderful not only for the insider information on how to increase your chances of getting published but for the excellent practical exercises - inspiring for poets at all stages of development. I've attended workshops on both sides of the Atlantic and I can say that Matthew Sweeney - one of the authors - is a brilliant teacher who elicits amazing results from his students. Reading this book is the next best thing to doing a live workshop with Sweeney himself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2015
The book starts with praising modern style, and wondering why no one buys it and why every body quotes the old stuff. Given some of the examples I think I understand why. This book helped me understand I like poetry, but am not overly keen on a lot contemporary style. I am know looking for texts that are more about writing poetry and love of emotional expression through language and less on getting published.
in summary useful but not helpful
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2011
I was initially put off by the book's title which gave me the impression of a bad/quack writing guide (as so many are) which this is definitely not.
This is one of the best books about contemporary poetry for a poet wishing to develop, find new ideas and inspiration, and to learn more about form and technique. It has plenty of exercises to keep me busy, which although would be best explored in a group setting (as they're evidently designed for), I wouldn't feel stupid about doing at home on my own. It's a resource that I can see myself dipping into time and time again.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2012
I found this book really interesting especially as i write poetry, but this showed you more detail on how to lay your poems out. The book came in good condition and would recommend anybody who is doing poetry to buy this book from Amazon