In the Palm of Your Hand, Second Edition: A Poet's Portable Workshop

Steve Kowit (Author)
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Long an anchor text for college and junior college writing classes, this illuminating and invaluable guide has become a favorite for beginning poets and an ever-valuable reference for more advanced students who want to sharpen their craft, expand their technical skills, and engage their deepest memories and concerns.This edition adds Steve Kowit's famous essay on poetics "The Mystique of the Difficult Poem," in which he argues stirringly and forcefully that a poem need not be obscure to be great.

Product Details

Price
$19.95  $18.35
Publisher
Tilbury House Publishers
Publish Date
April 04, 2017
Pages
320
Dimensions
5.8 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
ISBN/EAN
9780884485315
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About the Author

Born in New York in the 1930s, Steve Kowit was part of the Lower East Side poetry-reading scene in the early 1960s; later, attracted by the intellectual freedom of the Beat poets, he moved to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury. Celebrated for his electrifying readings, he taught at San Diego State, San Diego City College, UC San Diego, and the College of Southern Idaho. He edited the anthology The Maverick Poets, translated a volume of Pablo Neruda's political poetry, wrote two collections inspired by the love poetry of India, and published eight other volumes of poetry. His work appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Steve described himself as a "poet, essayist, teacher, workshop facilitator, and all-around no good troublemaker." Recently retired from Southwestern College in Chula Vista but still holding poetry workshops in San Diego, he died in his sleep in 2015 at home with his wife, Mary, in Potrero, CA, just days before his latest volume of poetry was published by Tampa University Press.

Reviews

Kowit really delivers what his title promises, so that reading the book is like taking a workshop with a generous poet willing to share everything he has learned about the creative process and the craft of poetry. Conversational in tone, it reads rather like an informal lecture. Kowit covers a lot of technical material on metrical variations and line breaks and sound, and he balances it by attending to the sources of poetry in dream and emotion, in longing and loss. Although likely to find its largest audience among aspiring poets, Kowit's effort is substantial enough to be of use to more practiced poets and to poetry readers, too.--Patricia Monaghan
This book will excite your imagination.
It will help you unlock your heart and transform what's inside into memorable poetry.
My absolute favorite book for teaching poetry--wonderful exercises, great writing prompts, and a generous selection of relevant contemporary poems--all held together by Kowit's conversational tone that speaks to us like a good friend inviting us into the wonders of poetry.--Riochard Blanco