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Poetry, Prose, and Other Texts Useful to Writers

Reading is One of the Best Ways to Improve Your Writing

Table of Contents
The Creative Process
  • The Practice Of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach. 1992. Robin Behn and Chase Twichell, Harper Collins.
  • Discovering Poetry. 1993. Hans P. Guth and Gabriele L. Rico, Prentice Hall, Inc: Simon and Schuster.
  • Discovering Fiction. 1993. Hans P. Guth and Gabriele L. Rico, Prentice Hall, Inc: Simon and Schuster.
  • Becoming A Writer. 1981. Dorothea Brande, Putnam Publishing.
  • Free Style. 1992. Chris Anderson, Houghton Mifflin.
  • The Creative Process. 1982. Oliva and Jeff Rackman, John Wiley and Sons.
  • Child's Talk: Learning To Use Language. 1983. Jerome Bruner, Norton.
  • The Making of a Poem. 1978. Stephen Spender, W.W. Norton.
  • Fifty Contemporary Poets: The Creative Process. 1977. Alberta Turner, Longman Inc.
  • Howl: Original Draft Facsimile. 1976. Allen Ginsberg, Random House.
  • One Writer's Beginnings. 1983. Eudora Welty, Warner Books.
  • Three Genres. 1993. Stephen Minot, Prentice Hall.
  • Stanely Burnshaw. The Poem Itself. 1983. Simon Schuster.
  • John Ciardi. How Does A Poem Mean? 1989. Riverside Press.
  • Blood Bread and Poetry. 1986. Norton.
  • A Poetry Handbook. Mary Oliver. ISBN 0-15-672400-6
  • Art and Craft of Poetry. Michael J. Bugeja. ISBN 0-89879-633-4
  • Art of Poetry Writing, The. William Packard. ISBN 0-312-07641-X
  • Creating Poetry: How to begin a poem, use word combinations and new forms, apply the lessons from master poets to individual poems, choose and use images and words carefully, and much more. John Drury. ISBN 0-89879-443-9
  • Complete Rhyming Dictionary Revised, The: The essential handbook for songwriters, poets, students, teachers, speechmakers, and members of the performing arts. Including: The Poet's Craft Book. Edited by Clement Wood. Revised by Ronald Bogus. ISBN 0-440-21205-7
  • Haiku Handbook: How to write, share, and teach Haiku. William J. Higginson. ISBN 4-7700-1430-9
  • How to Write Poetry, 2nd Edition. Nancy Bogen. ISBN 0-671-89567-2
  • New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, The. Edited by Alex Preminger and T.V.F. Brogan. ISBN 0-691-02123-6
  • Poemcrazy: Feeling your life with words. Susan G. Wouldridge. ISBN 0-517-70370-X
  • Poetry Dictionary, The. John Drury. ISBN 1-884910-04-1
  • Poetry Handbook: A Dictionary of Terms. Babette Deutsch. ISBN 0-308-10088-3
  • Poet's Handbook, The: Detailed instruction in the mechanics and art of writing poetry. Answers the questions most often asked by beginning poets. Judson Jerome. ISBN 0-89879-219-3
  • Poet's Dictionary, The: A Handbook of Prosody and Poetic Devices. William Packard. ISBN 0-06-272045-7
  • Haiku Seasons, The: Poetry of the Natural World. William J. Higginson. ISBN 4-7700-1629-8
Classical Literature
  • Bulfinch's Mythology 1959. Crown Publishers, Inc.
  • The Encyclopedia of Mythology. 1996. Arthur Cotterell, Anness Publishing.
  • Mythology and the Romantic Tradition in English Poetry. 1963. Douglas Bush, Harvard University Press.
  • Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur. 1962. Keith Baines, Signet.
  • Aesop for Children, The. Barnes and Noble Books. ISBN 1-566-292-7
Poetry Anthologies
  • The New Yorker Book of Poems. 1969. Viking Press.
  • American Poets in 1976 1976. William Hayen, Bobbs-Merrill.
  • The Harvard Book of Contemporary American Poets. 1985. Helen Vendler, Harvard University Press.
  • Eight American Poets. 1994. Joel Conarroe, Random House.
  • The Top 500 Poems. 1992. William Harmon, Columbia University Press.
  • Post Modern American Poetry. 1994. Paul Hoover, W.W. Norton and Co.
  • The Marrow Anthology of Younger American Poets. 1985. Dave Smith and David Bottoms, William Marrow Publishing.
  • Contemporary American Poetry. 1972. Donald Hall, Penguin Books.
  • Contemporary American Poetry. 1994. A. Poulin Jr., Houghton Mifflin.
  • No More Masks:An Anthology of Twentieth Century American Women Poets. 1993. Florence Howe,
  • The Poem:An Anthology. 1968. Stanley B. Greenfield and Kingsley Weatherhead, Meredith Co.
  • Minor Masterpieces: An Anthology of Juvenilia by Twelve Giants of English Literature. 1983. Talponia Press.
  • Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. Ed. Robert Hass. ISBN 0-88001-351-6
  • Norton Anthology of Poetry. Third Edition. Edited by Alexander W. Allison, Herbert Barrows, Caesar R. Blake, Arthur J. Carr, Arthur M. Eastman, HubertM. English, Jr. ISBN 0-393-95242-8
  • Norton Anthology of Poetry. Fourth Edition. Edited by Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter, and Jon Stallworthy. ISBN 0-393-96820-0
  • Portable Beat Reader, The. Edited by Ann Charters. ISBN 0-14-015102-8
  • Best American Poetry 1995, The. Edited by Richard Howard. Series Edited by David Lehman. ISBN 0-684-80151-5
  • Best American Poetry 1996, The. Edited by Adrienne Rich. Series Edited by David Lehman. ISBN 0-684-81451-X
  • Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Second Edition. Edited by Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair. ISBN 0-393-95636-9
  • Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry, The. Edited by J.D. McClatchy. ISBN 0-679-74115-1
  • Essential Haiku, The: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. Edited by Robert Hass. ISBN 0-88001-351-6
  • Eight American Poets: An Anthology. Edited by Joel Conarroe. ISBN 0-679-42779-1
Prose Anthologies
  • Short Fiction. 1994. Charles H. Bohner, Prentice Hall.
  • Short, Shorts. 1983. Irving Howe, Bantam Books.
  • Modern Short Stories. 1979. Arthus Mizener, Norton.
  • New American Short Stories:The Writers Select Their Own Favorites. 1987. Gloria Norris, Dutton.
  • Stories and Prose Poems. 1971. Alexandre Solzhenitsyn, Bantam Books.
  • The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties. 1990. Shannon Ravenel, Houghton Mifflin.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins. 1962. Angus Wilson, Edith Sitwell, Cyril Connolly, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Evelyn Waugh, Christopher Sykes and W.H. Auden. William Marrow Publishing.
  • Erotica: An Anthology of Erotic Short Fiction. 1994. Maxim Jakubowski, Carroll and Graf Publishers.
  • Portable Beat Reader, The. Edited by Ann Charters. ISBN 0-14-015102-8
Individual Artists - Poetry
  • Margaret Atwood. Selected Poems. 1987. Houghton Mifflin.
  • W.S. Di Piero. Memory and Enthusiasm. 1989. Princeton University Press.
  • Alice Fulton. Dance Script with Electric Ballerina. 1983. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Edward Hirsch. Wild Graditude. 1990. Alfred A. Knof.
  • James Joyce. Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Chamber Music. 1992. James Joyce. Random House.
  • Galway Kinnell. When One Has Lived A Long Time Alone. 1990.
  • Denise Levertov. The Feeling of the Dust. 1975. New Directions Publishing.
  • Frederico Garcia Lorca. Selected Verse. 1995. Christopher Maurer, Harper Collins.
  • Octavio Paz. The Bow and the Lyre. 1975. McGraw-Hill.
  • Adrienne Rich. Atlas of the Difficult Land. 1991. W.W. Norton.
  • Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats, The. Revised Second Edition. Edited by Richard J. Finneran. ISBN 0-684-80731-9
  • William Carlos Williams: Selected Poems. Edited by Charles Tomlinson. ISBN 0-8112-0958-X
  • John Keats: The Complete Poems. Edited by John Barnard. ISBN 0-14-042210-2
  • Falling Up: Poems and Drawings. Shel Silverstein. ISBN 0-06-024802-5
  • Dylan Thomas: Collected Poems. Dylan Thomas. ISBN 0-8112-0205-4
  • Four Quartets: The Day Salvages, Little Gidding, Burnt Norton, and East Coker. T.S. Elliot. ISBN 0-15-633225-6
  • The Waste Land and Other Poems. T.S. Elliot. ISBN 0-15-694877-X
  • New Enlarged Anthology of Robert Frost's Poems. ISBN 0-671-49617-4
  • Idylls of the King and A Selection of Poems. Alfred Lord Tennyson. ISBN 0-451-52258-3
  • Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. ISBN 0-671-43685-8
  • Leaves of Grass. Walt Whitman. ISBN 0-553-21116-1
  • Aeneid, The. Virgil. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald. ISBN 0-394-74111-0
  • Haiku Master Buson. Edited by Yuki Sawa and Edith M. Shiffert. ISBN 0-89346-012-5
Individual Artists - Prose
  • Daniel J. Boorstin. The Creators. 1992. Random House.
  • Pat Conroy. The Prince of Tides. 1986. Bantam Books.
  • Lillian Hellman. Pentimento. 1973. Little Brown and Co.
  • Zora Neal Hurston. Their Eyes Were Watching God.
  • Toni Morrison. Song of Solomon. 1977. Knof.
  • Anais Nin. Little Birds 1979. Macmillian.
  • Flannery O' Connor. The Complete Stories. 1971. Jovanovich Brace, Harcourt.
  • Alice Walker. In Search of Our Mother's Gardens. 1983. Harcourt.
  • Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. ISBN 0-671-43685-8
  • Letters to a Young Poet. Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated by M.D. Herter Norton. ISBN 0-393-00158-X
  • Pocket Book of O. Henry Stories. Edited by Harry Hansen. ISBN 0-671-68861-8
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. James Joyce. ISBN 0-14-018683-2
  • Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters. 1977. Linda Gray Sexton and lois Ames,
  • The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes," 1993. Janet Malcolm, Random House.
  • A Writer's Diary Virginia Woolf. 1981. Harcourt Brace and Co.
Critical Analysis
  • The Electric Life, Essays On Modern Poetry. 1989. Sven Birkerts. William Marrow Publishing.
  • Anne Sexton:The Artist And Her Critics. 1978. J.D McClatchy, Indiana University Press.
  • American Short Fiction: Readings and Criticisms. 1970. James K. Bowen and Richard VanDerbeets, Bobbs-Merrill Publishing.
  • How Does a Poem Mean? John Ciardi and Miller Williams. ISBN 0-395-20440-2
  • Language of Life, The: A Festival of Poets. Bill Moyers. ISBN 0-385-48410-0
  • Literary Theory: An Introduction. Terry Eagleton. ISBN 0-8166-1241-2
  • Reading Group Handbook, The: Everything You Need to Know, from Choosing Members to Leading Discussions. Rachel W. Jacobsohn. ISBN 0-7868-8002-3
  • Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method. Gerad Genette. Translated by Jane E. Lewin. ISBN 0-8014-9259-9
  • Can Poetry Matter? Essays on Poetry and American Culture. Dana Gioia. ISBN 1-55597-177-6
  • The Hero With A Thousand Faces. Joseph Campbell. ISBN 0-691-01784-0
  • Passion of the Western Mind, The: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View. Richard Tarnas. ISBN 0-345-36809-6
  • Western Canon, The: The Books and School of the Ages. Harold Bloom. ISBN 1-57322-514-2
Texts on Publishing
  • Poet's Market. 1996. Constance J. Achabal, Writer's Digest Books
  • Poet's Guide: How to Publish and Perform Your Work. Michael J. Bugeja. ISBN 1-885266-00-6
Texts on Creativity
  • The Poetics of Mind. 1994. Raymond W. Gibbs. Jr., Cambridge University Press.
  • The Creativity Question. 1976. Albert Rothenberg and Carl R. Hausman, Duke University Press.
  • Poets on Poetry. Edited by Charles Norman. Classic essays by cummings, Eliot, Pound, Poe, Wordsworth and more. Practice of Poetry, The: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach. Ed. Robin Behn and Chase Twichell. ISBN 0-06-273024-X
  • Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi. Howard Gardner. ISBN 0-465-01454-2
  • Poet's Notebook, The: Excerpts from the notebooks of 26 American poets. Edited by Stephen Kuusisto, Deborah Tall, and David Weiss. ISBN 0-393-03866-1