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As mentioned elsewhere on this website, the website's mission is to promote publication of a book entitled "Poetry is," which presents the theory of poetry of Jose Garcia Villa as distilled from his lecture notes for poetry workshops he taught from 1952 until his death in 1997.  The editor of this book is the sponsor of this website, Robert L. King, who studied with Villa from 1970 until 1997, and who utilized Villa's papers, now residing at the Houghton Library at Harvard U., his own notes of Villa lectures and those of other Villa students, and various recollections of Villa loyalists to distill and recreate Villa's voice and views on what poetry is, what it can and cannot do, and how it (as high art) is written. The result is a manuscript which can truly be described as authored by Villa himself.

That manuscript is now (as of September 1, 2015) a published book, available for purchase on this website and elsewhere, and it presents the only comprehensive organized and structured theory of poetry to date.

Most persons who have attended poetry workshops will wonder what there is about poetry that could possibly fill an entire book. After all, poetry workshops - they believe - consist of presentations of poems followed by analysis of what the poems say.  Student poems are usually welcomed and discussed, enforcing the notion that there is nothing about poetry that must really be studied.  With a few suggestions as to how these student poems may be improved, the students believe they are well on their way to becoming true poets and they either depart to forge their own path or pursue a MFA degree, which they believe is academic accreditation of their status as poets and critics of poetry.

Thus, it may be helpful for persons attending poetry workshops as described above to consider what they may have missed in not attending the Villa workshops.  I reproduce below the Table of Contents of the book, which will give an idea of the subjects covered in these workshops.

 

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION .…………..………………….………………………………......…xi

EDITOR’S NOTE .…………………..…………………..………………………..…. xix

Chapter One:                 IN POETRY, WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT

                                       YOU ……………………………………………………..….1

Chapter Two:                 POETRY IS NOT SELF- EXPRESSION.....………….….8

Chapter Three:              WHAT IS POETRY?…………………..…………...….......10

Chapter Four:               DIFFERENCES BETWEEN POETRY AND PROSE.......17

Chapter Five:                MAGIC AND GENESIS IN POETRY....….....…...............19

Chapter Six:                 THE KINETICS OF POETRY ..……………..………….….24

Chapter Seven:            LANGUAGE……………………………………….......….…26

Chapter Eight:             RHYTHM IN POETRY..…………………………....…...…...30

Chapter Nine:              ORGANIZATIONAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN POETRY

                                    AND PROSE... ....……………………..……….....….……...32

Chapter Ten:               BORDERLINE CASES ..……………………………..….…..42

Chapter Eleven:          FREE VERSE....……………………………………..….……45

Chapter Twelve:          VERSE AND LYRICISM .………………...…………....……50

Chapter Thirteen:        PURITY IN POETRY .…...…………………………...…......55

Chapter Fourteen:       GREAT POETRY ..…………………………….……......…..68

Chapter Fifteen:           WRAPPING UP ON POETRY’S “INTERNALS” …….......75

Chapter Sixteen:          POETIC LANGUAGE...……………….……….……..…..…80

Chapter Seventeen:     INTRODUCTION TO POETIC TECHNIQUE ………....….85

Chapter Eighteen:       THE INCEPTION OF THE POEM ...………………..……...93

Chapter Nineteen:       PROPULSION OF THE FIRST LINE INTO A POEM .......104

Chapter Twenty:          THE MUSICAL SITUATION...……………….….…….…….109

Chapter Twenty-One: THE VERBAL SITUATION ..…….…………,,,….……..……115

Chapter Twenty-Two: THE SEMANTIC SITUATION  ……….....…....…….......…..120

Chapter Twenty-ThreeTHE CRAFT OF VERSIFICATION ………..……….......….124

Chapter Twenty-Four: ABSTRACTION IN POETRY ………………………...….....143

Chapter Twenty-Five:  RESOLUTION AND LAST LINE …………..……….......….148

VILLA’S POSTSCRIPT   ………………………………………………………..…...…155

EDITOR’S EPILOGUE   .……………………………………………………...…...…..159

APPENDIX ON ADAPTATIONS .....………….……………………………….…...….163

Among other highlights, Chapters Four through Nine explain why prose and poetry are different disciplines. And Chapters Fiifeen through Twenty-Five are devoted to a step-by-step analysis of the specific problems encountered in the composition of a poem.  And, in Chapter Eleven and passim, free verse  (properly defined) is disqualified as poetry because it is not written by the poetic process, is not verse and is not art.

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Vocation: Wall Street Trial Lawyer (Retired)
Avocation: Poetry and Poetics
Studied poetry with Jose Garcia Villa 1970-1997
Writer and Publisher of Poetry

Comments

  • Guest
    kinf Sunday, 18 August 2013

    good mate,the poetry looks good

  • Guest
    Donna Diehl Monday, 07 October 2013

    Bob, it was a great pleasure to chat with you yesterday.
    Your websites, blogs, Table of Contents all so intriguing, how will I get my laundry done today?
    Will have to save some of this reading til evening. How I look forward to reading "Poetry Is".
    Please keep me informed of your publication promises. Thanks, Donna

  • Guest
    ffg Thursday, 10 October 2013

    Eager to see it come out as soon as possible

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