Recommended Reading or Listening


Poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke for inspiration and to take the top off your head. Best translations are by Edward Snow and A. Poulin, Jr.
Charles Elliott via The Beautyseer Channel
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 by Joy Harjo
Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki by Tony Barnstone

On Poetry

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry  by Edward Hirsch
Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry by Jane Hirshfield

On Writing in General


If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
Becoming a Writer by Dorthea Brande
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life by Natalie Goldberg
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Nuts and Bolts:

The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
Elements of Grammar by Margaret Shertzer
The Elements of Editing a Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists by Arthur Plotnik
Random House Guide to Good Writing by Mitchell Ivers