Several readers have asked for the title of the book I’m using for my poetry exercises. Poetry Writing: Theme and Variation by David Starkey was published in 1999. While it’s still available in paperback, it costs $25. I’m using it because a colleague or publisher or sales rep gave me a copy back in my teaching days, along with the Instructor’s Manual. I never adopted it for a course, though over the years I’ve dipped in to it for ideas. My point is: it doesn’t matter what book you use, just as it doesn’t matter if you use a weight machine or free weights. What matters is that we each make a commitment to work out.
If you’re like me, you probably have a few writing manuals collecting dust on your shelves. Dust one off. Or check out your local library, independent bookstore or used book emporium. Maybe some of you have favorite books from a class you once took. Or maybe someone can recommend a prompt a day service. Ideas, anyone?
Thanks, as always, for your feedback. – DLL.