This blog post was recycled from the original post in July of 2013.
While I have taken any number of fiction courses, and I definitely remember the hours I spent in survey courses as an English undergrad, I took no poetry classes. I did manage to take one poetry workshop, but I remember little of it.
During the Tallgrass Writing Workshop , I was excited to get to spend time with Amy Sage Webb. Not only did she critique ten of my poems, she gave me a list of suggested reading to help me broaden my education and understanding of poetry. As I work my way through the list, I’ll be sharing some items here.
The first is probably familiar to many poetry students in workshops across the country: The Poet’s Companion. This book has been both insightful and accessible. While I have experience with literary criticism, I was looking for something more along the lines of The Art of Fiction. While instructional, it is definitely NOT dry.
What are your favorite ‘writing manuals?’ Do you have volumes that you return to over and over? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.