Peter Meinke | The Shape of Poetry : A Practical Guide to Writing Poetry | Gazelle Books

The Shape of Poetry : A Practical Guide to Writing Poetry

Author: Peter Meinke | ISBN: 0977808653 : 9780977808656 | Format: Paperback | Size: 155x230mm | Pages: 177 | Weight: .29 Kg. | Published: IPG (Jefferson Press) – September 2007 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Creative writing & creative writing guides

Focusing on the foundations of poetry

this reference teaches aspiring poets the mechanics of writing verse. Offering advice on the abstract poetic notions — what makes good poetry, the meaning and inspirations of poetry — and the concrete — how to start a poem, how to craft its shape, and how to use the various poetic forms — this concise and insightful book provides inspiring and practical instruction. Including the author’s own poems for guidance, this revised edition also discusses the direction of post-millennium, contemporary poetry.

Peter Meinke

(born 1932) is an American poet and author. He has published 17 books of poems and short stories. The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. His poetry has received many awards, including 2 NEA Fellowships and 3 prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and other magazines. Meinke and his wife, the artist Jeanne Clark, have lived in St. Petersburg, Florida since 1966. For 27 years, Meinke was a professor at Eckerd College, where he was a director of the EC Writing Workshop. In February 2004, he was inducted as a foundation member into the Eckerd College Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Zeta of Florida. He also served on the faculty of the Eckerd College’s Third Annual Writers in Paradise Conference in January 2007. From 2003 through 2005, he held the Darden Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University.


  • * Unheard Music: Stories (2007)
  • * The Contracted World: New & More Selected Poems (2006)
  • * Zinc Fingers: Poems A to Z (2000)
  • * The Shape of Poetry: A Practical Guide to Writing Poetry (1999)
  • * Scars (1996)
  • * Campocorto (Sow’s ear) (1996)
  • * The Piano Tuner: Stories (1994)
  • * Liquid Paper (1992)
  • * Far from Home (1988)
  • * Underneath the Lantern (1986)
  • * Night Watch on the Chesapeake (1987)
  • * Trying to Surprise God (1981)
  • * The Rat Poems: Or, Rats Live On No Evil Star (1978)
  • * The Night Train & The Golden Bird (1977)
  • * Lines from Neuchatel (1974)
  • * Howard Nemerov (1968)
  • * The Legend of Larry, the Lizard (1968)


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