The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (Paperback)
From the nuts and bolts of craft to the sources of inspiration, this book is for anyone who wants to write poetry-and do it well.
The Poet's Companion presents brief essays on the elements of poetry, technique, and suggested subjects for writing, each followed by distinctive writing exercises. The ups and downs of writing life—including self-doubt and writer's block—are here, along with tips about getting published and writing in the electronic age. On your own, this book can be your "teacher," while groups, in or out of the classroom, can profit from sharing weekly assignments.
About the Author
Kim Addonizio is the author of eight poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her 2016 collection, Mortal Trash, won the Paterson Poetry Prize. Addonizio’s awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. She lives in Oakland, California.
Dorianne Laux teaches poetry in the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty member of Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program. A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and a recipient of the Paterson Prize, she lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
This feels like the book we've been waiting for: rigorous, generous, in love with the art of poetry, aware of the inner architecture of poems—and maybe it couldn't have been written by anyone but Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux, two passionate poets.
— Marie Howe
An intelligent, lucid conversation—between the authors and between them and us. I have been with them all—there is no better companion!
— Gerald Stern
Thoughtful, generous, and accurate to both deeper truths and the craftwork it takes to hold them…a superb guide for the working poet.
— Jane Hirshfield