Poetry: A Writers' Guide and Anthology is a complete introduction to the art and craft of writing poetry. The authors map out more than 25 key elements of poetry including image, lyric, point of view, metaphor, and movement and use these elements as starting points for discussion questions and writing prompts. The book guides the reader through a range of poetic modes including:
- Found poems
- Protest poems
- Ars Poetica
Poetry also offers inspiring examples of contemporary poetry covering all the modes and elements discussed by the book, including poems by: Billy Collins, Sherman Alexie, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Natalie Diaz, Traci Brimhall, Terrance Hayes, Richard Blanco, Danez Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Mark Halliday, Eileen Myles, Mary Jo Bang, Tracy K. Smith, Ocean Vuong, and many others.
About the Author
Amorak Huey teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA. He is recipient of a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and author of the poetry collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (2015) and the chapbooks The Insomniac Circus (2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (2016). His writing has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2012, The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, Poet Lore, Oxford American, Essay Daily, Brevity, The Collagist, and many other print and online jourbanals.
W. Todd Kaneko teaches creative writing at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA. He is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (2014) and his poems, stories and essays have appeared in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, Gulf Coast, Barrelhouse, PANK, The Normal School, and many other jourbanals and anthologies. A Kundiman fellow, he co-edits the online literary magazine Waxwing.
Table of Contents
Preface: A Word of Welcome for Teachers and Students
Section 1: An Introduction to Poetry
1. Why do we write poems?
2. What is meaning?
3. What does talent have to do with anything?
4. Where do poems come from?
5. What does it mean to be a Poet?
Section 2: The Elements of Poetry
6. Rhetorical Construction
7. The Elements
Section 3: Practicalities
8. The Poetry Workshop
10. Proceed with Caution
Section 4: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetic Modes
Appendix: 75 Poetry Experiments