Poetry writing can be a great creative writing process to explore. Whether you are an experienced poetry writer, beginner or you enjoy reading poetry but want to learn more about the creative process, there are several books available in Akron that can help you get started.
There are numerous titles available with a few highlighted below. The slideshow to the left features cover details of each book. All books are available at multiple Akron-Summit County Public Library branches in Akron including the main branch at 60 S. High Street in downtown Akron. Books may also be available at Barnes & Noble Booksellers located at 4015 Medina Road in Akron/Fairlawn and other online retailers.
The Everything Writing Poetry Book: A Practical Guide To Style, Structure, Form, And Expression by authors Tina D. Eliopulos and Todd Scott Moffett offer writing exercises that help hone skills, guidance on basic poetry structure, tips in getting your work published and even how you can start a poetry group. Details of the book are shared from published poets.
Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry by Kenneth Koch details poetry related issues during the creative process that other poetry books may not elaborate on. Poet Koch gives details on how poetry itself is another language with special meaning while providing useful insight on creating your own.
The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux. This book helps in viewing poetry as a craft and a process. The book encourages writers to create poetry from personal experiences. Author of the book follow the motto: “Challenge what we know, own what we know, and then give it away in language.” Featured collections offer examples and insight.
Writing Across Cultures: A Handbook on Writing Poetry and Lyrical Prose by Edna Kovacs. From African Drum Song to Blues, Ghazal to Haiku, Villanelle to the Zoo, this playful handbook stimulates the writing of poetry and lyrical prose. Examples and exercises from many cultures (with ethnographies) awaken the creative flow to get writers excited about words.
Poetry as Spiritual Practice: Reading, Writing, and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations, and Intentions by Robert McDowell helps those may feel intimidated by poetry and the creative process. The book is inviting to anyone who want to learn how to get their creative juices flowing. The book includes exercises that help understand how metaphors are used, create rhymes and gives details about the various types of poetry (sonnets, haiku, limericks, free verse, etc.).