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Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within (Paperback)

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In this fresh approach to writing poetry, the coauthor of the perennially popular The Poet's Companion offers sharp insights into the craft of writing.

"The creative process is just that," maintains Kim Addonizio. "Not a means to an end, but an ongoing participation." A widely acclaimed poet and finalist for the National Book Award, Addonizio meditates on her own process as she encourages writers to explore both their personal and political worlds, to seek inspiration from poets new and old, and to discover the rich poetic resources of the Internet. Lively, accessible, and informative, Ordinary Genius?provides wisdom gleaned through personal experience and offers a heady variety of writing exercises. Chapters on gender, addiction, race and class, metaphor and line invite each individual writer to find and to hone his or her unique voice. This is the perfect book for both experienced writers and beginners eager to glimpse the angel of poetry.

About the Author

Kim Addonizio has authored twelve books of poetry and prose including Tell Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry; Ordinary Genius; The Palace of Illusions; Lucifer at the Starlite; and Mortal Trash. She lives in Oakland, California.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393334166
ISBN-10: 0393334163
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 16th, 2009
Pages: 320
Language: English