Additional Resources for Poetry in Writing Courses
This handout discusses some terms and techniques that are useful to the beginning and intermediate poet, and to instructors who are teaching poetry in writing courses at these levels. The distinction between beginning and intermediate writing is provided for both students and instructors, and numerous sources are listed for more information about poetry tools and how to use them. A sample assignment sheet is also provided for instructors.
Last Edited: 2011-10-19 02:10:34
- Bernadette Mayer’s Writing Experiments: A list of writing exercises and prompts that are useful in getting started
- Charles Bernstein’s Experiments: An excellent avant-garde list of writing exercises and prompts for poets of all levels
- poets.org: An online, comprehensive resource from the Academy of American Poets
- Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux, Editors. The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 1997.
- Kenneth Koch. Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry. Touchstone, 1998.
- Mary Oliver. A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994.
- Mary Oliver. Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.
- Ron Padgett, Editor. Handbook of Poetic Forms. Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2000.