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I'm Listening to You: A Poetry Writing Lesson

By: Patrice Vecchione
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 1
Date: Winter 1998

Summary: Vecchione uses a poem by Robert Bly to help students find a way, in their own poems, to make sights out of sounds.



Poetry is something to listen for, words which, at times, seem to come from a long way off. What are those words calling to us? Since we rely heavily on sight, even when we devote a poem to what we are hearing, we're likely to make a poem we can see as well as hear. To make our imagery fuller, it's good to wake those sleepier senses.

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