During a recent poetry presentation I gave, I passed out a bibliography of books that all poets, both beginners and experienced would be wise to read at some point. My bibliography will make a difference in the way you write poetry no matter what level you are at. If you are experienced, these will make you think about how you write poetry and give you a lot of insight on how you can perfect or switch gears in your writing of the genre.
I hope you enjoy reading these books either in part or in full through your decades of writing. They will trigger your distinctive poetic voice, no matter what form you write. Though some deal with creativity in general, they can be easily applied to the art of poetry.
Groenemann, Jan. Through the Inner Eye: Awakening to the Creative Spirit. Dubuque, IA: Islewest Publishing, 1994.
Kipfer, Barbara. 14,000 Things to Be Happy About. New York: Workman Publishing Company, 2014. (Kipfer is a lexicographer, and her book contains many concrete, imagistic nouns and phrases that will spur your memory of things around you.)
Kooser, Ted. The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. (This book is good for experienced poets, too–lots of ideas they probably have missed.)
Kooser, Ted. The Wheeling Year: A Poet’s Field Guide. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. (A sequence of contemplative prose observations about nature during each month of the year. It is rich in images and descriptive usage of verbs.)
Lyne, Sanford. Writing Poetry from the Inside Out: Finding Your Voice Through the Craft of Poetry. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2007.
Perrine, Laurence, and Thomas R. Arp. Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1991.
Ueland, Brenda. If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence, and Spirit. Toronto: Hushion House, 1997. (Great for poets–a book on spiritual growth, writing, and creativity.)
Wooldridge, Susan G. Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words. New York: Broadway Books, 1997.
Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.