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Poetry & Form

Editor‘s Pick

Robert Hass. Poetry, inside out. Starting with one line, then couplets, then every aspect of meaning + form. An ultimate guide for advanced writers and poets.

Editor‘s Pick

The Making of a Poem. A primer on the technics of poetry, with rich examples and a lucid text. Highly recommended.

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The Hatred of Poetry. Phucking awesome. BUY this today. Right now.

Alfred Corn's masterpiece on the art and science of poetic meter.

New book with interesting perspective; I just ordered it and will review soon

Mary Oliver's ”Rules for the Dance“ A handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

The other well-known Oliver book for poets

Hirsch is authoritative

Poet Laureate Pinsky on the physical, sonic, dancing nature of poetry. A beautiful book.

The convergence of meter and idiomatic speech. Bright, accessible writing.

The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms. Authoritative reference.

Classic text, rich and meaty. How your memories and passions become poetry.

Lit crit serious, on the end game of a poem. Surprising.

“The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing”. Excentric, charmimng essays

“Poems of the Late T'ang” (NYRB Classics)

“The Waste Land and Other Poems (Annotated)” — T.S. Eliot

Editor‘s Pick

“The Odyssey” translated by Robert Fagles. The definitive, modern, and eloquent translation of translations.

“The Epic of Gilgamesh.” The well-regarded translation by Stephen Mitchell. We are all Enkidu.

The Norton Anthology of Poetry, 5th Edition. Norton rocks. 1000 years of poetry.

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The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, 3rd Edition. Vols 1 & 2