The Portable Poetry Workshop, by Jack Myers
A former poet laureate of Texas, Myers packs his book with hands-on activities, making this the most practical, thorough, and accessible "how to write poetry" book on the market.
Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, by Kim Addonizio
A candid guide by an award-winning poet, full of great insights—"The creative process is...a continuing engagement with being alive"—and exercises.
Creative Writing Prompts from Creative-writing-now.com
I turn to this site's scores of thought-provoking, open-ended prompts ("Write a poem using all of the following words: snake, honey, thaw"; "Write a poem in the form of a lullaby") on days when the creative pump runs dry. It always does the trick!
Poetry Prompts from Writersdigest.com
I have a poet crush on Robert Lee Brewer, a senior editor for Writer's Digest, who delivers a writing prompt every Wednesday—and even shares a behind-the-scenes look at how he used that week's prompt to create a poem of his own.
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From the November 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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