Alphabet Year by Devon Miller-Duggan

By Devon Miller-Duggan

those poems all started with a bag of kid's seashore toys--primary-colored alphabet sand-molds--and a quiet afternoon. They ended up wanting a spreadsheet to maintain tune of the 1st phrases. "Love" is the "L" note for all of the disorderly abecedarians since it creates a thread with which to collect the entire ribbons of artwork, faith, human cruelty, anger, and the countless intrusions by means of the random that either buffer us from an often distressing global 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 during the alphabet the best way it truly is purported to line up, the "L" phrases shift and wiggle whilst the poems fun-house-mirror one another. eventually, the poems succeed in for peace with out not easy both knowing, or persistence, finding out that it's not in basic terms valuable, yet gorgeous to bop with the monsters beneath our beds.

"I proposal 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 such a lot religious, penetrating, and loose. those are poems to discover and have fun with repeatedly over." 
--Tania Runyan, writer of Second Sky

"Miller-Duggan's be aware 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 unsuitable in the entire correct methods, like anything Circe conjured as much as go the time."
--Richard Peabody, Editor of Gargoyle Magazine

"In my joyous and tough 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 coming near near chaos, phrases I now continue like pets. Alphabet Year is a ebook like no different i've got learn. It dives with zest into the turbulent ocean of language. With inconceivable like it wrestles opposed to human cruelty, time, and loss of life. this can be a tremendous book."
--Jeanne Murray Walker, writer of Helping the Morning

"In Alphabet yr, Miller-Duggan assessments even if we all know the area, and our language, in addition to we expect. via inventively paired poems, she alternately frames this as a philosophical dilemma--how to categorize the seasons, converse of angels, or be aware of if the holy abides in disaster--and as a extra speedy obstacle of ways, amidst darkish days, we're to make lives with our spectacular, wounded household. An bold triumph of avant-garde formalism."
--Adam McGee, coping with Editor of Boston Review

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

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Alphabet Year

Those poems all started 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 tune of the 1st phrases. "Love" is the "L" observe for the entire 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 means of the random that either buffer us from an often distressing international and buffet us with that very same world's consistent noise.

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