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In Writing Poetry from the Inside Out, poet and national poetry workshop leader, Sandford Lyne, offers the writing exercises, guidance, and encouragement you need to find the poet inside you. Lyne's techniques, which he developed through twenty years of teaching poetry workshops, flow from an understanding that poetry is an art form open to everyone. We all can-and In Writing Poetry from the Inside Out, poet and national poetry workshop leader, Sandford Lyne, offers the writing exercises, guidance, and encouragement you need to find the poet inside you. Lyne's techniques, which he developed through twenty years of teaching poetry workshops, flow from an understanding that poetry is an art form open to everyone. We all can-and should-write poetry. In this enchanting and inspiring volume, Lyne will introduce you to the pleasures and surprises of writing poetry, and his methods and insights will help you tap into your own unique voice and perspective to compose poems of your own in as little as a few minutes. Whether you are an experienced writer looking for new techniques and sources of inspiration or a novice poet who has never written a poem in your life, Writing Poetry from the Inside Out will help you to craft the poems you've always longed to write.


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In Writing Poetry from the Inside Out, poet and national poetry workshop leader, Sandford Lyne, offers the writing exercises, guidance, and encouragement you need to find the poet inside you. Lyne's techniques, which he developed through twenty years of teaching poetry workshops, flow from an understanding that poetry is an art form open to everyone. We all can-and In Writing Poetry from the Inside Out, poet and national poetry workshop leader, Sandford Lyne, offers the writing exercises, guidance, and encouragement you need to find the poet inside you. Lyne's techniques, which he developed through twenty years of teaching poetry workshops, flow from an understanding that poetry is an art form open to everyone. We all can-and should-write poetry. In this enchanting and inspiring volume, Lyne will introduce you to the pleasures and surprises of writing poetry, and his methods and insights will help you tap into your own unique voice and perspective to compose poems of your own in as little as a few minutes. Whether you are an experienced writer looking for new techniques and sources of inspiration or a novice poet who has never written a poem in your life, Writing Poetry from the Inside Out will help you to craft the poems you've always longed to write.

30 review for Writing Poetry from the Inside Out: Finding Your Voice Through the Craft of Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I am by no means an expert on writing poetry or a widely published poet. But as someone who's been writing poems for 10+ years, I found that WRITING POETRY FROM THE INSIDE OUT didn't really feed me with new insights or advice. That being said, I did appreciate the last three chapters, which focused on intellectual and spiritual growth through writing poetry and watching our work evolve in the process. It was moving and oddly coincidental that those particular musings are just as resonant and I am by no means an expert on writing poetry or a widely published poet. But as someone who's been writing poems for 10+ years, I found that WRITING POETRY FROM THE INSIDE OUT didn't really feed me with new insights or advice. That being said, I did appreciate the last three chapters, which focused on intellectual and spiritual growth through writing poetry and watching our work evolve in the process. It was moving and oddly coincidental that those particular musings are just as resonant and timely now - if not more so - than when Sandford Lyne wrote them over a decade ago (WRITING POETRY was published in 2007). Poets in the early stages of exploring their craft will probably benefit most from this book, between Lyne's encouraging advice and practical exercises (e.g., finding your unique voice, building your writer's studio, poem-sketching, using word groups).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is such a great resource for ANYONE who want to get their crative juices flowing. I cannot emphasize how much I love this book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

    Too much spirituality in this one for me. I really like the idea of "poem sketching" with word groups, and I use this technique very often when I sit down to write a poem and don't know how to start. About 40 pages at the end of the book are dedicated to lists of word groups, which makes it really easy to get started. I also like Lyne's advise to "just start writing" without throwing all those technical aspects of writing poetry at you (which are of course important but may be crippling to a Too much spirituality in this one for me. I really like the idea of "poem sketching" with word groups, and I use this technique very often when I sit down to write a poem and don't know how to start. About 40 pages at the end of the book are dedicated to lists of word groups, which makes it really easy to get started. I also like Lyne's advise to "just start writing" without throwing all those technical aspects of writing poetry at you (which are of course important but may be crippling to a beginner). Apart from that, I felt like at least 50% of the book could have been cut out, totally lacking in any other content but Lyne's spiritual musings.

  4. 5 out of 5

    marilyn flower

    I love this book!!! I love the word groups way of beginning to write poetry, what Lyne calls Poem Sketches. half the book is groups of words that he has put together to inspire poems. this works for me and also for both kids and adults we've shared it with in informal poetry workshops and classes. the word pairings he has done have zen like grace to them that is inspiring and the results, breath-taking. he shares brilliant student examples from his classes and you will be amazed! My only regret I love this book!!! I love the word groups way of beginning to write poetry, what Lyne calls Poem Sketches. half the book is groups of words that he has put together to inspire poems. this works for me and also for both kids and adults we've shared it with in informal poetry workshops and classes. the word pairings he has done have zen like grace to them that is inspiring and the results, breath-taking. he shares brilliant student examples from his classes and you will be amazed! My only regret is not being able to meet Mr. Lyne in person. a must for all poets and poetry lovers!!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hansard

    Awesome book! A great read. Helped me out of my shell and opened me up to my own feelings. I am no longer scared to write poetry!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Hall

    Focus: poetry sketching.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I loved this book. I borrowed it from my library on a whim and now will be buying a copy for myself, so I can revisit all of the exercises and work through them again. The best way I can describe this book is non-instruction in poetry. Through poem-sketching you take a series of words (examples in the back of the book in case you need them) and just let your ideas flow. Many of Mr. Lyne's examples come from workshops in which he taught children. Giving his pupils and readers creative freedom, I loved this book. I borrowed it from my library on a whim and now will be buying a copy for myself, so I can revisit all of the exercises and work through them again. The best way I can describe this book is non-instruction in poetry. Through poem-sketching you take a series of words (examples in the back of the book in case you need them) and just let your ideas flow. Many of Mr. Lyne's examples come from workshops in which he taught children. Giving his pupils and readers creative freedom, poetry becomes magic. He says look this is a poem and this is also a poem and you see that no they may not be perfect, but they are heartfelt. What you find is how the poems reflect you. Perfect for self-reflection and journaling, writing your own poems is a magical experience. Now that I've released the inner poet inside me, daily poems are shooting out from my pen.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Simon Cowan

    I think this is more to do with my poeming ability than the book, but I couldnt' get on with it all that well. It does though have some good points about it, which is why I gave it the rating I did. There are lots of great examples of people, from all walks of life, using the exercises in this book and coming out with some wonderful poetry. This alone encouraged me to keep trying. I loved the writing style of the book too--conversational without feeling as if it had been dummed down, and by no I think this is more to do with my poeming ability than the book, but I couldnt' get on with it all that well. It does though have some good points about it, which is why I gave it the rating I did. There are lots of great examples of people, from all walks of life, using the exercises in this book and coming out with some wonderful poetry. This alone encouraged me to keep trying. I loved the writing style of the book too--conversational without feeling as if it had been dummed down, and by no means a book you need a degree in English or anything else to understand. I don't think I'll give up on this one having said all that--perhaps it's one for later on in my development as a poet. I definitely don't regret buying it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    StacyLynn StacyLynn

    I absolutely love this book. Sandford takes the idea of 'poem sketching' and creates a book that not only guides you into writing while using groups of words as a basis, but also speaks of poetry as a 'community' and the 'spirituality and philosophy' of poetry. I also appreciate the list of recommended reads. I've used this book many times to jump-start my creativity and would recommend it to aspiring poets, writers, and for classroom and workshop use.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaimin Dave

    Its the kind of title that my kind of person would be tempted to pick up. I checked the content page, chapters and a bit of writing, and got tempted in a minute. I think I havent found a better guide than this on writing poems. This is one of my passions that requires on going training. There is no way to perfect this, just excel to a level when people appreciate your work to your satisfaction. It’s the kind of title that my kind of person would be tempted to pick up. I checked the content page, chapters and a bit of writing, and got tempted in a minute. I think I haven’t found a better guide than this on writing poems. This is one of my passions that requires on going training. There is no way to perfect this, just excel to a level when people appreciate your work to your satisfaction.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Stringer

    This is not really a book of poetry-- but a book about writing poetry. Sandfore Lyne began as a visual artist and he introduces his poetry writing exercises like a visual artist. I can relate and love it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Brunelle

    Lyne's book is a great way to introduce novices not only to poetry writing, but also to making poetry a daily practice. I LOVE the poem-sketching. It's accessible to children and adults. A WONDERFUL book. I'm sorry that I was never able to meet him.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robin B

    I liked that the book made me stop and think about why I do what I do (write poetry). The exercises and word groups are really good tools for breaking through blocks, too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    very helpful :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    Very nice book on using langauge to paint with. If you've got time and an attention span I recommend it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annette Tankersley

    Loved this book. Have used it many times in my classroom as well as for a youth writing workshop with struggling student writers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Good practical tips with prompts that could set you off into another world. Still not a favorite as I am a confessed romantic and this did not stir my heart as others books have and could do.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Hopefully to make sense of my inclination to write poetry and rants that come out of that.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Pinborough

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura Lynn

  21. 5 out of 5

    Allison Gleaves

  22. 5 out of 5

    Billi

  23. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

  25. 4 out of 5

    Clay

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bill Abbott

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nadine A.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stacie Morrell

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