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Exercises for Poets: Double Bloom Workbook, 8th Edition

By Scott Minar, Edward A. Dougherty

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 1, 2006

Table of Contents

Contents • Introduction 7 • Preface for Instructors and Writer’s Group Leaders 10

 

Section One: Warm-Up

Chapter One: Reading, Listening, and Responding

• The Writer’s Notebook 16

• Spinning Clichés into Gold 17

• An Image Album 18

• The Memory Storehouse 19

• A Harvest Basket 21

• The Poem Purchase 22

• The Thing Itself (or Me, Myself, and I) 24

• Senses Wake Up 25

• How Do You Mean “Cleave”? 27

• The Texture of Words I 29

• The Texture of Words II 30

• The Texture of Words III 31

• Kill This Poem! 32

• Constructing an Anthology 33

 

Chapter Two: Group Exercises

• The Collaborative Poem 38

• The Cento 40

• The "Bad" Poem Exercise 41

• The Movie Maker 42

• The Prized Possession 45

• One-liners 46

• The Line Break as Pause 48

• Five Senses 50

• Writing Off the Music 52

• How Do You Mean "Cleave"? (Group Version) 53

• One-a-Day Poems (Teaching Variation) 55

• A Painting in Three Levels 57

 

Section Two: Writing Poems

 

Chapter Three: Generate a Poem

• Responding to Art 61

• Image Electricity 63

• The Prose Poem 64

• Who Will You Become? 65

• The "First" 67

• Writing a Portrait 68

• Eavesdropping on the Music 69

• The Epistle 70

• Mythology Forward 71

• Small Research Nature Poem 72

• The Poem You Can’t Forget 74

• Poem in Three Levels 75

• The Thing Poem 76

• The Found Poem 77

• The Poem Buyout 79

• Writing “Off the Subject” 81

• Short-line Railroad 83

• The Cemetery Poem 84

• Conversation in a Long Line 85

• From the News 87

• Book/Cover 88

• Writing the Blues 89

• American Haiku 90

 

Chapter Four: Advanced Exercises

• Five Senses 94

• Notes on a Pillow 95

• Lining Up Surrealism 96

• Spin-offs 97

• Everybody Wants Something 99

• Chants 101

• The American Ghazal 102

• The Free Verse Villanelle 103

• Blooming Personae 104

• The Everyday Object Poem 105

• Bestiary 106

• Imitating a Translation 108

• Past-life Monologues 109

• Extended Cento 111

• Squinting at the Sun 113

• The Illustrated Manuscript 114

• The Free Verse Sonnet 116

• The Sensuous Orange 118

• The New Shaped Poem 120

 

Chapter Five: Revision

• Recognizing Warm Up & Explanation 126

• Finding the Fire 128

• The Second Version 130

• Ruin This Poem 131

• Finding the Seams 132

• Rewiring the Speaker 134

• Seven Ways from Somewhere 135

• The Double Bloom 136

• Stanza Regular, Stanza Interruptus 137

• Fifty Ways To Leave Your Poem 138

• The Blooming Book 140

 

• Appendix of Selected Student Poems Generated by Double Bloom

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