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By Devon Miller-Duggan

ISBN-10: 1532603088

ISBN-13: 9781532603082

ISBN-10: 153260310X

ISBN-13: 9781532603105

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" notice for the entire disorderly abecedarians since it creates a thread with which to collect all of the ribbons of artwork, faith, human cruelty, anger, and the countless intrusions via the random that either buffer us from a regularly 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 way in which 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 achieve for peace with out challenging both knowing, or endurance, finding out that it isn't purely valuable, yet beautiful to bounce with the monsters beneath our beds.

"I suggestion 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 so much non secular, penetrating, and loose. those are poems to discover and take pleasure in 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' status. equivalent components Scrabble, intercourse, Tarot, crossword, acid journey, and theology, pureed in a phrontistery mixer set at warp velocity, her poems are tricky, repetitive, uncanny, and mistaken in all of the correct methods, like whatever Circe conjured as much as go 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 comprehend, phrases that may be used to sew and carry again approaching chaos, phrases I now continue like pets. Alphabet Year is a e-book 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 big book."
--Jeanne Murray Walker, writer of Helping the Morning

"In Alphabet 12 months, Miller-Duggan exams no matter 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, converse of angels, or comprehend if the holy abides in disaster--and as a extra rapid obstacle of ways, amidst darkish days, we're to make lives with our surprising, wounded family. An bold triumph of avant-garde formalism."
--Adam McGee, dealing 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 chicken to the Wall (2008) and Neither Prayer, Nor Bird (2013).

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