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Compass Points - A Practical Guide to Poetry Forms: How to find the perfect form for your poem Paperback – 28 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Compass Books (28 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782790322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782790327
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Alison Chisholm's new handbook should beessential reading forall aspiring poets, and many experienced writers will also find her guidance and explanations to be invaluable, as it serves as a refresher course in the technical side of creating poems. ----Stephen Wade"

Alison Chisholm's new handbook should be essential reading for all aspiring poets, and many experienced writers will also find her guidance and explanations to be invaluable, as it serves as a refresher course in the technical side of creating poems. ----Stephen Wade

About the Author

Alison Chisholm has been writing poetry for over 40 years, and has had ten collections published, (nine by specialist poetry publishers and the most recent self-published), as well as ten textbooks on the craft of writing. She lives in Southport, UK.

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Suzanne Ruthven : Author and editor of Writer’s Wheel
If you’ve ever been confused by contemporary poetry you can do no better than to read A Practical Guide to Poetry Forms by Alison Chisholm, who always manages to make the obscure and the obtuse accessible to those who have difficulty coming to terms with the different poetry forms. Alison Chisholm has been writing poetry for over forty years and tutoring for twenty; with ten collections published and a further ten textbooks on the craft of writing which proves that the lady’s obviously got what it takes to do and to teach! As usual, this is a practical handbook that provides informative details on the construction of the major set forms, and includes plenty of exercises – all within the scope of the beginner, yet stimulating enough to engage the more experienced poet. Although I love ‘traditional’ poetry in the vein of The Oxford Book of English Verse, or The Golden Treasury, Alison is the only poet I’ve ever met who can impart an interpretation of the mysteries of contemporary poetry without giving the feeling that one is mentally defective for not understanding in the first place! A truly gifted and talented tutor, so if you get the opportunity to attend one of her workshops, don’t miss it – if not, buy her books! Highly recommended.

Roger Elkin
Most ‘would-be’ poets are so busy exploring the ‘what’ of their writing – the ideas, subject, meaning, content – that they overlook the ‘how’ – the shape, techniques, means, form. Alison Chisholm’s new book COMPASS POINTS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO POETRY FORMS is indispensable.
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This is a wonderful book, both for my personal use as a poet who would like to experiment with different forms, and as a writing tutor with a fabulous 'go to' book to recommend to students.
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