From line to rhyme and shape on the page, this accessible guide tackles the essential elements of poetry writing. With imaginative and inspiring exercises, the author illuminates the craft, providing a practical guide to writing and sharpening up your own work.
Featuring Buddhist reflections on the writing process and considering issues such as influence, memory, and the relationship with prayer and ritual The Poet‟s Way shows how poetry can reveal new aspects of spiritual life.
“For anyone bewildered by poetry‟s forms, shapes, and particular mind-ways, The Poet‟s Way offers a warm-hearted, step-by-step awakening into the possibilities and powers of poems.” — Jane Hirshfield, poet and author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry.
“This book will transform your writing no matter what stage in your career, and it may even transform your life” — Des Dillon, Arvon Foundation tutor and award-winning poet.
Manjusvara has been a practicing Buddhist for over 20 years. Originally a composer, he currently divides his time between writing and editing poetry and fundraising for the Karuna Trust. He is a co-leader of “Wolf at the Door” writing workshops and teaches regularly throughout the world.
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Believe nothing merely because you have been told it… Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings — that doctrine believe and cling to and take it as your guide.