Alphabet Year by Devon Miller-Duggan

By Devon Miller-Duggan

those poems begun 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 music of the 1st phrases. "Love" is the "L" note 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 countless intrusions through the random that either buffer us from a regularly 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 truly is speculated to line up, the "L" phrases shift and wiggle at the same time the poems fun-house-mirror one another. eventually, the poems achieve for peace with no tough both figuring out, or endurance, figuring out that it's not basically precious, yet beautiful to bounce with the monsters beneath our beds.

"I idea I knew my ABCs--until I learn Devon Miller-Duggan's Alphabet Year. The poet's choice 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 loose. those are poems to discover and enjoy repeatedly over." 
--Tania Runyan, writer of Second Sky

"Miller-Duggan's notice video games are as shut as so much folks will ever get to the 'Pornographic Priestess' of the Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus' status. equivalent components Scrabble, intercourse, Tarot, crossword, acid journey, and theology, pureed in a phrontistery mixer set at warp pace, her poems are tricky, repetitive, uncanny, and incorrect in the entire correct methods, like anything Circe conjured as much as cross 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 be aware of, phrases that may be used to sew and carry again coming near near chaos, phrases I now continue like pets. Alphabet Year is a publication 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 dying. this is often a huge book."
--Jeanne Murray Walker, writer of Helping the Morning

"In Alphabet yr, Miller-Duggan checks even if we all know the area, 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, converse of angels, or understand if the holy abides in disaster--and as a extra instant problem of the way, amidst darkish days, we're to make lives with our unbelievable, wounded household. An formidable triumph of avant-garde formalism."
--Adam McGee, handling 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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