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The Poet's Voice and Craft

Edited by Chris McCully

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ISBN: 978 1 857540 20 8
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: February 1995
215 x 135 x 15 mm
220 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • How does a poet go about writing poetry? Chris McCully, himself a poet and teacher of poetry, put this question to thirteen of Britain's most distinguished practitioners, who discuss in these informal essays the techniques of writing poetry, how they structure their writing-the choice of words, sounds (phonology), metrics (or non-metrics), and some of the processes of poetic genesis and re-writing.

    Each poet was sent a set of guidelines and their individual responses demonstrate the vitality-and difficulty-of
    `writing poetry'. Readers interested in the languages of modern poetry will find this first-hand testimony a revelation; fellow poets will find much to stimulate reflection; those concerned with poetic trajectory will find conceptual variety; and those curious about how poems come to be written and revised will find a shrewd, acknowledged witness.
    Chris McCully was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1958. He worked as a full-time academic, specialising in the history of the English language and on English sound-structure as well as on verse and verse-form, at the University of Manchester (1985-2003) before deciding to spend more time on writing. From 2003-13 he ... read more
    Praise for Chris McCully '€˜McCully gets the life of words, their swing and weight, resonance and cadence. The poems spark with great lines and phrases...'
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    'this is a singular collection from a singular voice in English poetry, and I highly commend it.'
    Phillip Quinlan, Angle
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