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Cover of Slash / Slash co-written by W. Todd Kaneko
June 2021
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Slash / Slash

Amorak Huey
W. Todd Kaneko

The collaboratively written poems in this chapbook explore identity, masculinity, fame and music. Partly a mythologized biography of heavy metal guitarist Slash, partly a fictionalized story of the complex relationship between Slash and his longtime bandmate Axl Rose, these poems dive into unanswerable questions. What does it mean to be larger than life? What matters more: the music you make or whether someone is listening? What is the difference between who you are and who you become?


W. Todd Kaneko received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Arizona State University in 2006.

Praise for this book

"'Slash / Slash' is a tremendous collection that seduces in form — every feeling is felt in this jungle — this universe of myth-making and the most artistic brushstrokes. These are poems of heart. Reader, take this jump and let’s go wild wild wild.”

Dorothy Chan
Author of "Revenge of the Asian Woman"

“W. Todd Kaneko and Amorak Huey’s brilliant collaborative chapbook 'Slash / Slash' is a wonderful celebration of a pop culture icon tinged with wistful nostalgia for the seventies and eighties. If you're a fan not only of Guns N’ Roses’ famous guitarist but also of sci-fi, there are plenty of insider references to 'Star Wars,' 'Star Trek,' and 'Lord of the Rings' to entertain and enlighten.”

Jeannine Hall Gailey
Author of "Field Guide to the End of the World"