A Writer's Guide and Anthology, 2nd edition

Fully revamped and expanded, this second edition offers a complete introduction to the art and craft of writing poetry. Mapping out 38 foundational elements of poetry including image, line, point of view, metaphor, movement, and music, authors Amorak Huey and W. Todd Kaneko use these elements as starting points for discussion questions and writing prompts. The book guides readers through a range of poetic modes and styles such as:

* Elegies and Odes
* Found poems
* Aubades and Nocturnes
* Documentary and Protest poems
* Ars Poetica
* Lyric and Narrative poems
* Personas and Portraits

With a focus on contemporary poems, the anthology features a truly diverse and global line-up of poets and poems to illustrate the elements and craft discussed in the book. Featuring all-new chapters on traditional poetic forms, prosody, writing poems that engage the current moment, and the value and ethics of imitation, this is the ultimate companion to studying and practicing the craft of poetry.


W. Todd Kaneko is an ASU alum, having earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in 2006.

Praise for this book

This book makes writing poetry fun-not easy, as Huey and Kaneko caution-but fun because poetry delights, pivots, puns, and plays, inspiring us to read and observe this sparkling world with our senses and mark it with our pens. Amorak and Todd obviously had a blast writing this. You will have a blast reading it-and write some incredible poems to boot.

Nicole Walker Editor of "Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction"
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Date published
Bloomsbury Academic

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