Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook

Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook

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Author: David Meltzer

Publisher: City Lights (2015)

Two-Way Mirror is a classic book of poetics. Written in short remarks, autobiographical anecdotes, and inspirational quotations drawn from philosophical, ethnographic, and literary sources, Two-Way Mirror is both a nondidactic guide to the art Meltzer has devoted his life to, and a literary pleasure in itself. With its various writing prompts, Two-Way Mirror has proven to be both inspirational and practical, a teaching tool and a guide to creativity that makes the perfect gift for poets at any stage of development.

Attractively bound and printed in a deluxe gift edition, and featuring Meltzer’s collection of found artwork collaged from thrift-store grammar books, this new and expanded edition retains the charm of the original while updating it for the present day.Building upon the version he self-published in 1977, Meltzer has written additional material that considers the effect of technological developments since the book’s publication, as well as an afterword in which he reflects on the history of the volume, its inception, and its usefulness.