I write poetry. Having written most of my life, I recently graduated from the University of Huddersfield with MA in Poetry. Peter Sansom's 'Writing Poems' is an excellent book. Unless you read, you can't hope to write, and by that I don't mean just handbooks. Read around your own genre and beyond. Whoever I'm reading at the time tends to be my favourite poet, but those I go back to are Peter Sansom, Stanley Cook, Ian McMillan, Carol Ann Duffy, Raymond Carver, Maya Angelou, Keith Douglas, Dorothy Nimmo and Eavan Boland.