On Writing

The Art of Syntax

Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song
Ellen Bryant Voigt

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2009

A virtuosic discussion by Ellen Bryant Voigt on the ways poets order words to create artful effects on the music and meaning of language

The Art of the Poetic Line

James Longenbach

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2007

A seminal study of the line—its shape, its music, its essential rhythms—by one of the finest poetry critics, James Longenbach

The Art of Time in Fiction

As Long as It Takes
Joan Silber

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2009

Joan Silber elucidates ways that fiction approaches chronology, change, duration, and plot

The Art of Time in Memoir

Then, Again
Sven Birkerts

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2007

Critic and memoirist Sven Birkert's meditation on the allure and the dangers of chronology as a writer renders his own life

Burning Down the House

Essays on Fiction
Charles Baxter

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2008

Graywolf reissues one of its most successful essay collections with two new essays and a new forward by Charles Baxter.

Close Calls with Nonsense

Reading New Poetry
Stephen Burt

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2009

The essays and critical writings on contemporary poetry by Stephen Burt, "the finest critic of his generation."—Lucie Brock-Broido  

De/Compositions

101 Good Poems Gone Wrong
W. D. Snodgrass

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2001

"Terrific for teaching purposes . . . Not just for readers of poetry wishing to write it, but for students who don't know very much about reading poetry at all."—Debra Shostak, The College of Wooster (Wooster, OH)

Feeling as a Foreign Language

The Good Strangeness of Poetry
Alice Fulton

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1999

"Fractal, electric, Fulton lands the crackle of the thinking sensibility onto the page. Reading these essays, we see poetry in a new way, its flings and intuitions subject to a most exacting sort of calibration. Here is a book not just for poets, but for all thinking readers."—Sven Birkerts

The Half-Known World

On Writing Fiction
Robert Boswell

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2008

A series of practical tips for the serious writer by Robert Boswell, "one of America's finest writers"—Tom Perrotta

If You Want to Write

A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit
Brenda Ueland; New Introduction by Andrei Codrescu

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2007

A bestselling classic book on how to write with over 280,000 copies sold.

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