Thursday, January 01, 2004

Some excellent poetry stuff

Poetry
Books of prompts, sparks, craft

Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School
by Georgia Heard

Exercises and approaches to poetry; concise and passionate.
Extraordinary Poetry Writing (F. W. Prep) Extraordinary Poetry Writing
by Margaret Ryan

Cribbing from my own review of it ;-): A gentle but not dumbed down introduction to poetry writing. It's nicely divided into small chunks with side bars and tips.
Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises 20  ◊  Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises
by Stephen Dunning, William Stafford

These guys love poetry and not only have been practicing it but can inspire others. Excellent exercises (despite the teacherly publisher which accounts for the high price. If you see it used cheap, snatch it up :-)
The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach The Practice of Poetry
by Robin Behn

Well organized poetry exercises from established poets.
Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words Poemcrazy : Freeing Your Life with Words
by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge

Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge is a poet and wordlover. Reading Poemcrazy will inspire you to dabble with words and poetry even if you think you don't like poetry.
The Teachers and Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms The Teachers and Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms
edited by Ron Padgett

76 poetic forms with examples, tricks and when to use them.
Wishes, Lies, and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry  ◊  Wishes, Lies, and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry
by Kenneth Koch

Where most of the poetry warm ups came from. A great resource, lots of poems from children inspired by his exercises.


Links

Automatic Poetry Generator (for lines you can use in your own).

 ◊  66 Experiments by Charles Bernstein
Playful exercises for poetry creation. An astounding, wonderful, creative list of ideas. Also: 82 Writing Experiments by Bernadette Mayer and 16 Writing Experiments by Jonathan Mahew.

Language is a Virus
There's still some good stuff here that's worth recommending like Creative Writing Exercises, Writing Games, Visual Inspiration. (But ads are encroaching from the sides and several of the article pages seem automatically generated.)


 ◊  Personal favorites I've used many times.
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