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By Devon Miller-Duggan

ISBN-10: 1532603088

ISBN-13: 9781532603082

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ISBN-13: 9781532603105

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 tune of the 1st phrases. "Love" is the "L" notice for the entire disorderly abecedarians since it creates a thread with which to assemble the entire ribbons of paintings, faith, human cruelty, anger, and the limitless intrusions via 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 during the alphabet the best way it is presupposed to line up, the "L" phrases shift and wiggle while the poems fun-house-mirror one another. finally, the poems achieve for peace with no difficult both knowing, or persistence, determining that it isn't in basic terms worthy, yet stunning to bop with the monsters beneath our beds.

"I idea I knew my ABCs--until I learn Devon Miller-Duggan's Alphabet Year. The poet's number 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 unfastened. those are poems to discover and have fun with again and again over." 
--Tania Runyan, writer of Second Sky

"Miller-Duggan's note video games are as shut as such a lot people will ever get to the 'Pornographic Priestess' of the Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus' popularity. equivalent elements Scrabble, intercourse, Tarot, crossword, acid journey, and theology, pureed in a phrontistery mixer set at warp pace, her poems are tricky, repetitive, uncanny, and mistaken in the entire correct methods, like whatever Circe conjured as much as move 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 imminent chaos, phrases I now preserve 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 can be a massive book."
--Jeanne Murray Walker, writer of Helping the Morning

"In Alphabet 12 months, 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, communicate of angels, or understand if the holy abides in disaster--and as a extra fast obstacle of the way, amidst darkish days, we're to make lives with our superb, wounded household. An formidable triumph of avant-garde formalism."
--Adam McGee, handling Editor of Boston Review

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

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