My newest poetry collection is Boom Box, released in March 2019 from Sundress Publications. Seducing the Asparagus Queen won the Vern Rutsala Prize and was released in September 2018 from Cloudbank Books.
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“It is impossible to do justice to Amorak Huey’s Boom Box within the acceptable word count of a blurb. If you could conjure a collection of poems that mix Bob Hicok’s wry humor, Ada Limón’s candor, Greil Marcus’ knowledge of rock music, and Ernest Cline’s nostalgia for the ’80s, you might start to get close to everything going on in these pages. However, Huey’s poem are all his own. Yes, they are smart and funny but also brilliantly incisive and masterfully crafted.” — Dean Rader
“If poems are magic, then the poems of Boom Box are rife with the magic of childhood in guitar-solo riffs of splendor and nostalgia. Amidst sweeping narratives, the past stands as a monument to be worshiped instead of forgotten. The sorrow, the thrill, the sex, the music, the awkwardness, are all captured as if in time capsules—these are poems of loss and marrow and place, of time and the wars it wields. They are profound in their honesty: bittersweet, heartbreaking, yet redemptive.” — Chelsea Dingman
“Amorak Huey’s Boom Box is a collection chock-full of pop culture references and possibility, ‘so many ways this can end.’ Huey’s speaker, intent on arriving at what proves an often slippery narrative and truth, offers a rich, prismatic vantage of the most formative events of his life: the year of the divorce, adolescent hunger and thirst among them. The collection deeply explores the duplicitous body ‘capable of all kinds of lies,’ the body in which there’s music as well as the possibility of going boom. ” — Nathan McClain
Seducing the Asparagus Queen
Winner of the 2018 Vern Rutsala Poetry Book Prize
“Amorak Huey’s poems are bright and funny and motored in this book by a debate between the part of him that hopes we’re going to be OK and the part that worries we’re going over a cliff.” — Bob Hicok
“All of the lines in these poems are my favorite lines. It breaks my heart a little to find out what happens in the next sentence, and that’s exactly what I come to poetry for. Nothing else can range so quickly between the hundreds of things heroically trying to matter right now, and Amorak Huey’s funny, necessary, generous, declarative poems are proof.” — Catie Rosemurgy
“Even the elegiac moments in the collection are not about emptiness—Huey expertly conveys how loss comes alive. Love, family, place, nostalgia, and time are in a continuous process of being called back, and every indictment is matched with praise. ” — Iliana Rocha
Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology
By Amorak Huey and W. Todd Kaneko
Series editors Sean Prentiss and Joe Wilkins
This textbook and anthology is an introduction to the craft of writing poetry. It’s centered on the elements of poetic craft (including a periodic table!) and includes an anthology of 60 poems from some of the strongest poets writing today.
“This is a book we – all of us, from beginners to wizened masters – could use in the classroom or simply sit down and read.” – Keith Taylor, A.L. Becker Collegiate Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, University of Michigan
“It is as if Huey and Kaneko have been looking over my shoulder at my class notes and have built a streamlined textbook specifically to meet my needs.” – Sandy Longhorn, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Arkansas Writers MFA Program, University of Central Arkansas
A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road
This chapbook investigates place and the things that memory and reflection have made of it. Poems are titled after locations specific to a farm where the speaker played as a child. It becomes a landscape of vivid details coalescing into a map of the self, an ever deepening investigation of recollection & the things we carry with us.
Ha Ha Ha Thump
“Chapter by chapter, night by night, Amorak Huey’s Ha Ha Ha Thump creates a mash up of domestic life and celebrity culture–the beautiful monotony of marriage to a super model, heroic personas professing to their beloveds, a rock star’s immortal prowess shows signs of aging. These poems are insightful and funny, but best of all they are jubilant about all our small human failings adding up to love.” — Traci Brimhall, author of Rookery and Our Lady of the Ruins
The Insomniac Circus
“Huey’s memorable characters weave a three-ring spell around us, and we are happy to buy our ticket and take our seats inside his tent of wonders, where so many full hearts dangle from silk thread, wondering if the net below will hold.” —Erin Keane, author of Death-Defying Acts and Demolition of the Promised Land