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KEY BENEFIT The Mind's Eye, written by a published poet, focuses on imagery and sound and has the added benefit of being concise, inexpensive, and handy. Includes a variety of many model poems by a diverse group of contemporary poets that reflect the times in which we live. KEY TOPICS Imagery is discussed in every chapter; different types of sound; contemporary poetry and KEY BENEFIT The Mind's Eye, written by a published poet, focuses on imagery and sound and has the added benefit of being concise, inexpensive, and handy. Includes a variety of many model poems by a diverse group of contemporary poets that reflect the times in which we live. KEY TOPICS Imagery is discussed in every chapter; different types of sound; contemporary poetry and traditional form; writing about difficult topics. MARKET Poet enthusiasts.


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KEY BENEFIT The Mind's Eye, written by a published poet, focuses on imagery and sound and has the added benefit of being concise, inexpensive, and handy. Includes a variety of many model poems by a diverse group of contemporary poets that reflect the times in which we live. KEY TOPICS Imagery is discussed in every chapter; different types of sound; contemporary poetry and KEY BENEFIT The Mind's Eye, written by a published poet, focuses on imagery and sound and has the added benefit of being concise, inexpensive, and handy. Includes a variety of many model poems by a diverse group of contemporary poets that reflect the times in which we live. KEY TOPICS Imagery is discussed in every chapter; different types of sound; contemporary poetry and traditional form; writing about difficult topics. MARKET Poet enthusiasts.

30 review for The Mind's Eye: A Guide to Poetry Writing

  1. 5 out of 5

    Teacherhuman

    clear and lovely! full of lessons to pass on to my poets in the making!

  2. 5 out of 5

    D.E. Chandler

    This book was truly inspirational. I loved it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    An excellent guide for any student with or without a teacher.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    3.5 A good introduction to poetry for the very beginning student, or one who does not have any grasp on poetry at all. Full of contemporary poets as well. The last several chapters, which are devoted to different types of poetry (love poems, elegies, etc.) can get rendundant and sweeping in their generalizations.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelci Schmidt

    While some of the poems included to illustrate particular elements of craft were interesting, the analyses of said poems were trite, condescending, and shallow. The very few writing prompts the text offers are fine, but nothing new. I'm not sure if this is just an issue with my copy of the book, but the "Poet's Notecard" sections look like they were printed with like, the ten cent copier at the public library- dark and grainy almost to the point of illegibility (although frankly, these "notecard While some of the poems included to illustrate particular elements of craft were interesting, the analyses of said poems were trite, condescending, and shallow. The very few writing prompts the text offers are fine, but nothing new. I'm not sure if this is just an issue with my copy of the book, but the "Poet's Notecard" sections look like they were printed with like, the ten cent copier at the public library- dark and grainy almost to the point of illegibility (although frankly, these "notecards" are basically garbage, so it's not like not being able to read them is too devastating). Overall, for a text that claims to be a guide, The Mind's Eye does very little guiding; the only useful thing I took away from reading it was a few new poets to check out, and there are much better anthological sources for that kind of thing. I honestly can't even see this book being useful to a beginning poet.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Novalis

    Interesting Primer to Poetry. I would have liked more of a focus on structure, form, and theme, but almost all of Clark's efforts are focused on imagery, which, albeit, is an integral part of poetry. Pretty good, but there's probably better options for an introduction to poetry. Interesting Primer to Poetry. I would have liked more of a focus on structure, form, and theme, but almost all of Clark's efforts are focused on imagery, which, albeit, is an integral part of poetry. Pretty good, but there's probably better options for an introduction to poetry.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Coriander

    A really great basic guide to different forms of poetry and their functions and how they can be used. Without forcing you to always use these rules, but experiment with them and use the rules yet also discard and work how you like.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abby Starkel

    This book was not for me. It showed a lot of poetry pieces and told why each one was good for numerous reasons. I did find a few interesting pieces in this book, but for the most part, it was too informative for my liking.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tori-Lynn

    I loved Kevin Clark's guide for beginning poets. Part instructional guidebook, part workbook, it is the perfect balance. I loved the exercises he included at the end of every chapter I found myself doing them eagerly. Definitely one of the best I have used so far. I loved Kevin Clark's guide for beginning poets. Part instructional guidebook, part workbook, it is the perfect balance. I loved the exercises he included at the end of every chapter I found myself doing them eagerly. Definitely one of the best I have used so far.

  10. 4 out of 5

    D'Argo Agathon

    I think it's hard to rate "writing guides" like this... but this book has a lot of interesting and thought provoking sections, examples, and exercises. A good read if you are thinking about really applying yourself to poetry, but nothing can teach you to write, other than to write. I think it's hard to rate "writing guides" like this... but this book has a lot of interesting and thought provoking sections, examples, and exercises. A good read if you are thinking about really applying yourself to poetry, but nothing can teach you to write, other than to write.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anh Thuy

    Prof. Gloria never fail me in choosing his awesome textbooks :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Albers

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ash Connell-Gonzalez

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    Kay

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Faith

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    Nicole

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marnie Heenan

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Noah Ashenhurst

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carolina Avner

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina Collins

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maryruth

  23. 4 out of 5

    Travis Kannarr

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    Mary Estrada

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    Debbie Hendryx

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bionca

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin Hollowell

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

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