Art of Poetry Writing

[PDF] Unlimited  Art of Poetry Writing : by William Packard - Art of Poetry Writing, Art of Poetry Writing Poet novelist scholar translator playwright and teacher William Packard has known every side of a writer s life As founder and editor of The New York Quarterly a national magazine devoted to th [PDF] Unlimited  Art of Poetry Writing : by William Packard - Art of Poetry Writing, Art of Poetry Writing Poet novelist scholar translator playwright and teacher William Packard has known every side of a writer s life As founder and editor of The New York Quarterly a national magazine devoted to th

  • Title: Art of Poetry Writing
  • Author: William Packard
  • ISBN: 9780312076412
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
Art of Poetry Writing

[PDF] Unlimited  Art of Poetry Writing : by William Packard, Art of Poetry Writing, William Packard, Art of Poetry Writing Poet novelist scholar translator playwright and teacher William Packard has known every side of a writer s life As founder and editor of The New York Quarterly a national magazine devoted to the craft of poetry he reads some poems each year most of them sadly deficient in sound metrics form voice and quality This book is written to help poets addressPoet n [PDF] Unlimited  Art of Poetry Writing : by William Packard - Art of Poetry Writing, Art of Poetry Writing Poet novelist scholar translator playwright and teacher William Packard has known every side of a writer s life As founder and editor of The New York Quarterly a national magazine devoted to th

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Art of Poetry Writing

About “William Packard

  • William Packard

    Packard was born September 2, 1933 and was raised in New York A graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a degree in Philosophy and studied under the poet and critic Yvor Winters, Packard was a presence in the literary circles of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1950s and 60 s circles that included Allen Ginsberg, Kenneth Patchen, and Kenneth Rexroth Packard was most active, however, in New York City, where he lived and wrote for than half his life.While in New York, Packard hosted the 92nd Street Y s poetry reading series, was Vice President of the Poetry Society of America, and was co director of the Hofstra Writers Conference for seven years In 1957 he was awarded a Frost Fellowship and, in 1980, was honored with a reception at the White House for distinguished American poets.Packard s literary career spanned nearly 50 years and resulted in the publication of six volumes of poetry, including To Peel an Apple, First Selected Poems, Voices I hear voices, and Collected Poems His novel, Saturday Night at San Marcos, was heralded as a bawdy, irreverent send up of the literary scene His translation of Racine s Phedre, for which he was awarded the Outer Critic s Circle Award, is the only English rendering to date to have maintained the original s rhymed Alexandrine couplets, and was produced Off Broadway with Beatrice Straight and Mildred Dunnock His plays include The Killer Thing, directed by Otto Preminger, Sandra and the Janitor, produced at the HB Playwrights Foundation, The Funeral, The Marriage, and War Play, produced and directed by Gene Frankel Three collections of Mr Packard s one act plays, Psychopathology of Everyday Life, Threesome, and Behind the Eyes, were recently produced in New York He was the great grandson of Evangelist Dwight L Moody and wrote the non fiction book Evangelism in America From Tents to TV Beginning in 1965, when he inherited from Louise Bogan the poetry writing classes at New York University s Washington Square Writing Center, Packard taught poetry and literature at NYU, Wagner, The New School, Cooper Union, The Bank Street Theatre, and Hofstra, as well as acting, and playwriting at the HB Studio in Manhattan He is the author of the textbooks The Art of the Playwright, The Art of Screenwriting, The Poet s Dictionary, The Art of Poetry Writing, and The Poet s Craft Interviews from the New York Quarterly For his work with the New York Quarterly NYQ , which he founded in 1969, Packard was called one of the great editors of our time by poet and novelist James Dickey Cited by Rolling Stone as the most important poetry magazine in America, the New York Quarterly earned a reputation for excellence by publishing poems and interviews with the prominent poets W H Auden, John Ashbery, Paul Blackburn, Richard Eberhart, Stanley Kunitz, Anne Sexton, Charles Bukowski, and W.S Merwin, among many others In fact, NYQ has, in its thirty year career, published virtually every important poet in the nation But the magazine is equally acclaimed for supporting the work of lesser known poets The poet Galway Kinnell once said of the magazine, The New York Quarterly serves an invaluable function and that is finding and publishing wonderful talents such as Franz Douskey, Antler, Pennant, Lifshin, Inez, Moriarty who may not have the recognition that their work so richly deserves The New York Quarterly temporarily suspended publication when Packard suffered a stroke, but returned to print shortly before his death.



166 thoughts on “Art of Poetry Writing

  • In many ways the book is a little dates, and Packard wears his contempt for certain trends in 80 s Poetry a general mistrust of the workshop, a legitimate fear of careerism, a gripe with English departments for not teaching the classics pretty heavily But the book is also filled with great quotes, and terrific advice for poets.


  • Founder and editor of The New York Quarterly, a highly regarded national poetry magazine I was fortunate enough to know Bill His advice about writing still guides me.


  • I checked this out of my local library in hopes that it would help me with an English class It did not This book was a total snoozefest I couldn t get into it to save my life.


  • Not unsound The History of Poetry chapter is a good short refresher In general, this book could be helpful if viewed as a reference book, full of lists a list of Shakespeare s plays, a list of the six types of consonant sounds plosives, dentals, sibilants, etc , a list of the twelve birthstones, and what have you.As for whether I would recommend this book to beginning writers the best poetry teacher I had in college was nothing like this, and I m not sure I personally would have taken well to th [...]


  • I liked this book Some of the reviews are mixed, but if you want to know about the basics, then this is a good starting point Very thorough, lots of examples as well as techniques to try on your own.


  • If you read or write poetry, this is as close as you ll get to having been in one of Packard s legendary classes.


  • Loved it Will read it over and over as lond as I am alive and still writing poems Great history, explanation of all forms, and writing exercises.


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