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Tables of Contents for The Practice of Poetry
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INTRODUCTION
xi
 
PART 1. LADDERS TO THE DARK: THE UNCONSCIOUS AS GOLD MINE
1
30
First Words
3
2
Ann Lauterbach
Not-So-Automatic Automatic-Writing Exercise
5
3
Thomas Lux
Translations: Idea to Image (for a group)
8
3
Carol Muske
Dream Notebook
11
2
Maxine Kumin
Ten-Minute Spill
13
2
Rita Dove
Auction: First Lines (for a group)
15
2
Michael Waters
"Only Connect"
17
3
Sydney Lea
Chanting the Flowers Off the Wall (for a group)
20
2
Christopher Davis
An Emotional Landscape (for a group)
22
5
Cleopatra Mathis
A Journey to Nowhere
27
2
Susan Snively
The Free-Lance Muse
29
2
Ann Lauterbach
PART 2. THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD: IMAGE AND METAPHOR
31
28
One's-Self, En-Masse
33
2
Michael Pettit
Intriguing Objects Exercise/ "Show and Tell" (for a group)
35
2
Anne Waldman
Breaking the Sentence; or, No Sentences but in Things
37
3
Roger Mitchell
Five Easy Pieces
40
2
Richard Jackson
As/Like/Finish the Sentence
42
2
Linnea Johnson
Quilting in the Ditch
44
2
James McKean
Getting at Metaphor
46
2
Roger Mitchell
A Little Nightmusic: The Narrative Metaphor
48
3
T. Alan Broughton
Experience Falls Through Language like Water Through a Sieve
51
3
Susan Mitchell
Writing the Spectrum
54
2
Elizabeth Spires
"Tell by Showing": An Exercise Against Technique
56
3
Roger Mitchell
PART 3. WHO'S TALKING AND WHY?: THE SELF AND ITS SUBJECTS
59
48
A. ASPECTS OF VOICE
61
24
Dramatic Monologue: Carving the Voice, Carving the Mask
63
3
David St. John
The Widow
66
2
Maura Stanton
Our Suits, Our Selves
68
2
Christopher Gilbert
Letter Poems
70
3
Robin Behn
Tabloid Tone Exercise
73
2
Lee Upton
The Peasant Wedding (for a group)
75
3
Mary Swander
Estrangement and Reconciliation: The Self Has It Out with the Self
78
2
Leslie Ullman
"In the Waiting Room"
80
5
Carol Muske
B. WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
85
22
Who We Were
87
2
Edward Hirsch
Your Mother's Kitchen
89
2
Rita Dove
The Night Aunt Dottie Caught Elvis's Handkerchief When He Tossed It from the Stage of The Sands in Vegas
91
3
David Wojahn
Not "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (for a group)
94
2
Garrett Hongo
Extrapolation
96
1
Pamela Alexander
Evolutions
97
2
Deborah Digges
Afterimages: The History of a Reflection
99
2
Jay Klokker
Subject and Sound: The Black Sheep
101
3
Kenneth Rosen
A Poem That Scares You
104
3
Sandra McPherson
PART 4. TRUTH IN STRANGENESS: ACCIDENTS, CHANCE, AND THE NONRATIONAL
107
30
Intelligence Test
109
2
Alberta Turner
Personal Universe Deck
111
3
Linnea Johnson
The Cut-and-Shuffle Poem
114
2
Jack Myers
Finish This!
116
3
Stuart Friebert
Twenty Little Poetry Projects
119
4
Jim Simmerman
Collaborative "Cut-Up"
123
2
Anne Waldman
Found in Translation
125
1
Theodore Weiss
Homophonic Translation
126
2
Charles Bernstein
Commentary on Charles Bernstein's Homophonic Translation
128
1
Pamela Alexander
Index/Table of Contents Exercise
129
2
Lee Upton
Make Your Own System!
131
6
Jackson Mac Low
PART 5. LAWS OF THE WILD: STRUCTURE, SHAPELINESS, AND ORGANIZING PRINCIPLES
137
34
Block, Pillar, Slab, and Beam
139
2
Deborah Digges
The Fill-in-the-Blanks or Definition Poem
141
2
Jack Myers
Opposites: The Attraction of Titles
143
2
Stuart Dischell
Cleave and Cleave
145
2
Carol Muske
Matthewsian Invisible Hinge
147
1
Pamela Alexander
"Que Sera, Sera" and Other False Premises
148
2
Christopher Gilbert
"The Props Assist the House"
150
3
James McKean
The Familiar
153
2
Alicia Ostriker
Writing Between the Lines
155
3
J. D. McClatchy
The Poetry Obstacle Course
158
2
Marcia Southwick
Important Excitements: Writing Groups of Related Poems
160
4
Maggie Anderson
The Short Narrative Poem
164
3
Roland Flint
The Cat Poem
167
2
Alicia Ostriker
The Seduction Poem
169
2
Alicia Ostriker
PART 6. MUSICAL MATTERS: SOUND, RHYTHM, AND THE LINE
171
42
A Lewis Carroll Carol
173
2
Karen Swenson
Emotion/Motion/Ocean/Shun
175
2
Susan Mitchell
Patterning
177
2
Stephen Dunn
Breathless, Out of Breath
179
2
Richard Jackson
Free-Verse Lineation
181
1
Sharon Bryan
A Variation on Sharon Bryan's Free-Verse Lineation
182
2
Jack Myers
"Lyric" Poetry
184
3
Dana Gioia
Shall We Dance?
187
2
Richard Jackson
Short Lines and Long Lines
189
2
Andrew Hudgins
Word Problems and Science Tests
191
2
Robin Becker
Anglo-Saxon Lines
193
2
Judith Baumel
Sapphic Stanzas
195
3
Judith Baumel
Pantoum
198
2
Judith Baumel
Attempting a Villanelle
200
5
Molly Peacock
Ghazal: The Charms of a Considered Disunity
205
5
Agha Shahid Ali
The Meter Reader
210
3
Thomas Rabbitt
PART 7. MAJOR AND MINOR SURGERY: ON REVISION AND WRITER'S BLOCK
213
47
A. EXERCISES
215
26
Writer's Block: An Antidote
217
4
Daniel Halpern
Smash Palace
221
2
William Matthews
Rhapsodizing Repetitions
223
2
Lee Upton
Stealing the Goods
225
2
Stephen Dunn
Jump-Starting the Dead Poem
227
1
Lynne McMahon
Scissors & Scotch Tape
228
3
Chase Twichell
In a Dark Room: Photography and Revision
231
5
Maggie Anderson
The Party of the Century (for a group)
236
3
Roger Weingarten
The Shell Game
239
2
Thomas Rabbitt
B. REFLECTIONS
241
19
The Rewrite as Assignment
243
2
Stanley Plumly
Household Economy, Ruthlessness, Romance, and the Art of Hospitality
245
4
Richard Tillinghast
Of Revision
249
2
Donald Justice
In Praise of Malice: Thoughts on Revision
251
6
Lynn Emanuel
Waiting and Silence
257
3
Susan Snively
APPENDIX A: Mail-Order Sources of Poetry Books
260
3
APPENDIX B: Published Works Referred to in the Text
263
21
CONTRIBUTORS' NOTES
284
9
INDEX
293