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Poetry Writing: Poetry Writing Resources

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In this resource guide you will find a collection of library and web resources related to poetry writing and reading.  You will also find research tools and tips to help you search for more information on your own.  Utilize these resources to find information to improve your craft.

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Web Resources: Online Tools for Poets

SCC Library Books and eBooks

Next Line, Please

In this book, David Lehman, the longtime series editor of the Best American Poetry, offers a masterclass in writing in form and collaborative composition. Next Line, Please makes the case for poetry open to all.

Plan B

Taking us on a witty, fascinating, no-holds barred romp through his own experiences in the world of commercial writing and publishing, McIntosh reassures us that it is possible to have a successful career as a poet while holding down day jobs that make us better writers. 

On Poetry

"This is a book for anyone," Glyn Maxwell declares of On Poetry. A guide to the writing of poetry and a defense of the art, it will be especially prized by writers and readers who wish to understand why and how poetic technique matters.

How to be a Poet

This book combines practical advice and topical mini-essays that examine both the technical and creative dimensions of being a poet.  At each step, we ask plenty of questions: what makes a poem tick over perfectly, how do we get it started when it stalls, and which warning lights should you never ignore?

Poetry 101

Become a poet and write poetry with ease with help from this clear and simple guide. Poetry 101 is your companion to the wonderful world of meter and rhyme, and walks you through the basics of poetry. You'll explore the different styles and methods of writing, famous poets, and poetry movements -and even find inspiration for creating poems of your own.

Why I Wrote This Poem

This volume presents a representative sample of contemporary American poems in 2023, with a road map of their origins. Bringing a diversity of styles and sensibilities, 62 poets from across the U.S. illuminate their craft. Each poet contributes one poem, accompanied by an essay discussing their creative process and how the verse came to fruition.

The Completion of a Poem

In eighteen letters addressed to young poets, Yang Mu discusses essential questions regarding the definition of poetry, a poet's growth, the importance of nature and friendship, the choice of subject, the process of creation and publication, and relationships between poet and society, identity and history, and poetry and truth. 

The Art of Voice

Tony Hoagland approaches poetry through the frame of poetic voice, that mysterious connective element that binds the speaker and reader together. The twelve short chapters explore ways to create a distinctive poetic voice, including vernacular, authoritative statement, material imagination, speech register, tone-shifting, and using secondary voices.

Poetry in America: Streaming Video Series

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In Poetry in America, guests read and discuss unforgettable American poems with host Elisa New. The poems in Season 3 (2022) take us from tight-knit Cuban neighborhoods in Miami to Robert Frost’s green Vermont, from the antebellum South to the cold interstellar bodies of the cosmos. Guests range from poets to pop stars to ambassadors to young students.

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In the second season of Poetry in America, guests join Elisa New to discuss the poems of Marilyn Chin, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Mark Doty, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stephen Sondheim, William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman.

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Poetry in America gathers distinguished interpreters from all walks of life to explore and debate 12 unforgettable American poems. Athletes and poets, politicians and musicians, architects, scientists, actors, entrepreneurs, and citizens of all ages join host and Harvard professor Elisa New to experience and share the power of poetry in this visually dazzling and archivally rich series.