New PDF release: Alphabet Year

By Devon Miller-Duggan

those poems began with a bag of kid's seashore toys--primary-colored alphabet sand-molds--and a quiet afternoon. They ended up desiring a spreadsheet to maintain music of the 1st phrases. "Love" is the "L" observe for all of the disorderly abecedarians since it creates a thread with which to collect all of the ribbons of paintings, faith, human cruelty, anger, and the endless intrusions by way of the random that either buffer us from an often distressing international and buffet us with that very same world's consistent noise. as the right abecedarians have a extra orderly association with the universe just by advantage of progressing throughout the alphabet the best way it really is imagined to line up, the "L" phrases shift and wiggle at the same time the poems fun-house-mirror one another. finally, the poems succeed in for peace with out difficult both knowing, or persistence, identifying that it's not purely helpful, yet stunning to bounce with the monsters beneath our beds.

"I concept I knew my ABCs--until I learn Devon Miller-Duggan's Alphabet Year. The poet's selection of either 'disorderly' and 'proper' abecedarians accomplishes a technical tour-de-force that demanding situations and delights, an adherence to shape that mysteriously unleashes language at its so much non secular, penetrating, and unfastened. those are poems to discover and enjoy time and again over." 
--Tania Runyan, writer of Second Sky

"Miller-Duggan's note video games are as shut as so much folks will ever get to the 'Pornographic Priestess' of the Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus' repute. equivalent elements Scrabble, intercourse, Tarot, crossword, acid journey, and theology, pureed in a phrontistery mixer set at warp velocity, her poems are tricky, repetitive, uncanny, and flawed in all of the correct methods, like whatever Circe conjured as much as move the time."
--Richard Peabody, Editor of Gargoyle Magazine

"In my joyous and difficult romp via Alphabet Year, i found exhilarating methods of placing phrases jointly; i found phrases i did not understand, phrases that may be used to sew and carry again imminent chaos, phrases I now preserve like pets. Alphabet Year is a booklet like no different i've got learn. It dives with zest into the turbulent ocean of language. With unbelievable like it wrestles opposed to human cruelty, time, and loss of life. this can be a huge book."
--Jeanne Murray Walker, writer of Helping the Morning

"In Alphabet yr, Miller-Duggan checks even if we all know the realm, and our language, in addition to we predict. via inventively paired poems, she alternately frames this as a philosophical dilemma--how to categorize the seasons, communicate of angels, or understand if the holy abides in disaster--and as a extra rapid predicament of the way, amidst darkish days, we're to make lives with our astounding, wounded household. An bold triumph of avant-garde formalism."
--Adam McGee, coping with Editor of Boston Review

Devon Miller-Duggan is Assistant Professor of inventive Writing within the division of English on the college of Delaware. She is the writer of Pinning the poultry to the Wall (2008) and Neither Prayer, Nor Bird (2013).

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