I had a student ask me for a good (readable! interesting! inspiring!) book on writing poetry. I am not a poet. I have one book on poetry, and I only read the first chapter, so I am not qualified to give a recommendation. I think I missed out on having the necessary and inspiring teacher at some point who showed me the wonders of poetry.
So, does anyone have a good recommendation for a book about writing poetry? Or does anyone have any good ideas about how to write poetry? Any thoughts on poetry in general? I’d sure like to have more than my own irreverent feelings and thoughts about the process. I’ve had poems published, but rarely and with complete surprise.