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Poetry: Books to help improve your craft


One of the goals I intend to work towards this year is increasing my understanding of poetic form and creating more poems with set form and meter. I don't think I will ever be a die-hard formalist, but in order to progress I do believe there is something to be said for studying where you've been.



I asked for recommendations on twitter for books specifically written for writers looking to work on their craft, and I had quite a few interesting suggestions, many of which I bought myself and intend to work through over the course of the next 6 months. I thought this list might be beneficial to others, so here it is, a by-n0-mean-exhaustive list of books that can help you write better poetry (plus what people had to say about it!)


I plan on beginning with Lucy Newlyn's "Craft of Poetry" mid february, once I've written the bare bones of one of my novels (one of my January goals!) Then hopefully, in a few months, have some brand new, carefully-crafted poems to send out into the world!


Do you use any handbooks or resources on craft? How do you work on improving your creative skills?