A text for practiced poets, this book offers a springboard into more daring poetic traditions, experimentation and methods. Laying out the myriad conversations influencing contemporary poetics, with a focus on innovation and breaking established boundaries, Advanced Poetry guides you through the contexts and principles of exciting new forms.

Spanning decades and continents, and covering the rich field of poets writing today, this book demonstrates how to read, explicate, and write poetry and includes discussion of:

• confessional and epistolary poetry

• aesthetic experimentation with voice

• deep image and the poetics of spells

• docupoetics, ecopoetics, and digital poetics

• writing the body based on queer theory and disability studies

• racial imaginaries and poetics of liberation

• writing in collaboration, interdisciplinary projects, and revision processes

Bringing together a comprehensive craft guide with a carefully collated anthology showcasing the

(existing) limits of what is possible in poetry, this text explores how poetry since the 20th-century has embraced traditional structures, borrowed from other disciplines, and invented wildly new forms. With close readings, writing prompts, and a supplementary companion website, this is the definitive text for any poet looking to continue their poetic journey.

About the Authors

Kathryn Nuernberger is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at University of Minnesota, USA. She is the author of three poetry collections, RUE (2020), The End of Pink (2016), and Rag & Bone (2011), as well as two essay collections.

Maya Jewell Zeller serves as Associate Professor for Central Washington University, USA, and Affiliate Faculty in the low-residency MFA for Western Colorado University, USA. She is the author of out takes/ glove box (2023), the interdisciplinary collaboration Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (2017), Rust Fish (2011), and the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (2015).

A note from the authors:

We love the range of voices we were able to include in the textbook, and are happy to offer a few additional resources for those who want to go beyond what’s available in print.

Please click on the chapter titles in the left column to see corresponding resources.