|Looking forward to April flowers and more snow showers.
Coming up fast is April, National Poetry Month. I don't do the poem a day thing any more, but I do still try and output a lot of poems. Sometimes I get caught up in editing what I've written, sometimes I get on a roll and produce a large body of interrelated work. One way I like to prime the pump for writing is by revisiting poetry how-to books I have.
I like books. I like collecting books. I really like collecting how-to books, mining for that one nugget of information that makes my brain tumblers click into place. Over the years I've ammassed a largish collection. Some I use religiously, some go in and out of style depending on my fickle needs. If you're going to write for poetry month, you need some inspiration to keep you going.
Listed below are an assortment of books on writing poetry, writing forms, exercises, essays and poetic dictionaries. I'm sure there's many I missed that I don't have in my collection. Leave a note in comments if you have a favorite book you use for inspiration. I didn't bother to link to a bookseller, we all have our favorites anyhow. Get reading. April is only a week away.
The Poetry Month Inspiration Collection
The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop
by Diane Lockward
Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
by Kim Addonizio
The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux
The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems
by Frances Mayes
A Poet's Guide to Poetry
by Mary Kinzie
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms Paperback
by Eavan Boland (Editor), Mark Strand (Editor)
Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse
by Mary Oliver
The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief Guide
by Robert Pinsky
A Poet's Glossary Hardcover
by Edward Hirsch
The Art of the Poetic Line
by James Longenbach
The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing
by Richard Hugo
In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop
by Steve Kowit
Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry
by Scott Wiggerman and David Meischen
Real Sofistikashun: Essays on Poetry and Craft
by Tony Hoagland