|Highlights of Poetry. Index of poetry. How to Write Poetry.|
How to write specific forms:
Haibun. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Tanka.
Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Prose poem. Rondeau. Rubáiyát.
Sestina. Skaldic verse. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
The Beowulf Poet.
Billy Collins exercise.
Snorri's Edda. Carl Dennis. Charles Atkinson. Corey Marks.
Franz Wright. Galway Kinnell. Gary Young. The Gawain Poet.
Jack Gilbert. Jane Hirshfield. Jorie Graham. Karen Braucher. Karl Shapiro. Kay Ryan.
Laureate Poets: Britain; USA.
Louise Glück. Len Anderson. Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Nordic Skalds. Pulitzer Poetry Prize (U.S.A).
Richard Hugo. Robert Bly. Sara Teasdale. Snorri's Edda. Stephen Dunn. Ted Kooser. W.S. Merwin.
Because We Are Men
The Only Cure I Know
World News, Local Weather
About Charles Atkinson
World News, Local Weather (ISBN 1-6222950-3-X, 32 pages, Finishing Line Press):
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This chapbook's manuscript was a deserved prizewinner in the 2013 poetry contest sponsored by Finishing Line Press.
The poems are beautiful and powerful.
"Pronghorn, West of Rawlins" is particularly engaging, as it describes the way the poet used up one of his nine lives in a steep and snowy descent on black ice. I was lucky enough to hear Atkinson read on KUSP radio (see kusp.org for a podcast). That poem especially caught my ear because I was driving down a steep rain-slicked hill when I heard it. Not only did it give a powerful description of his driving experience, but it concluded with a deep-breath scene in nature when the driver could finally pull to a halt at the side of the road, and could see from within his intact yet fragile skull:
At the snowfence three pronghorn lift their delicate heads.
This contrast gives the poem the graceful feeling of of a haibun, even though it is not laid out as such.
The poet Joseph Stroud writes:
|The poems in World News, Local Weather meld the political with the personal, and a narrative voice with a lyrical voice that is unique to Charles Atkinson. The poems play out on a large canvas: Baghdad, Lhasa, San Quentin Prison ... but Atkinson's focus is always up-close, with a marvelous eye for detail.|
Fossil Honey (ISBN 0-9716373-9-3, 96 pages, Hummingbird Press):
See other Hummingbird Press poets:
Books of Poetry Form. Alphabetic list of poetry forms and related topics. Poetry Home. How to Write Poetry.
Franz Wright. Jack Gilbert. Jorie Graham. Karen Braucher.
Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Nordic Skalds. Richard Hugo. W.S. Merwin.
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