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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 desiring a spreadsheet to maintain music of the 1st phrases. "Love" is the "L" notice for the entire disorderly abecedarians since it creates a thread with which to collect the entire ribbons of paintings, faith, human cruelty, anger, and the limitless intrusions through 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 throughout the alphabet the way in which it really is alleged to line up, the "L" phrases shift and wiggle while the poems fun-house-mirror one another. finally, the poems achieve for peace with out not easy both figuring out, or endurance, determining that it isn't basically beneficial, yet beautiful to bounce 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 so much non secular, penetrating, and unfastened. those are poems to discover and get pleasure from repeatedly over." 
--Tania Runyan, writer of Second Sky

"Miller-Duggan's notice video games are as shut as such a lot people 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 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 tough romp via Alphabet Year, i found exhilarating methods of placing phrases jointly; i found phrases i did not recognize, phrases that may be used to sew and carry again drawing close chaos, phrases I now retain 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 inconceivable like it wrestles opposed to human cruelty, time, and demise. this can be a huge book."
--Jeanne Murray Walker, writer of Helping the Morning

"In Alphabet yr, Miller-Duggan exams no matter if we all know the realm, 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 understand if the holy abides in disaster--and as a extra fast problem of ways, amidst darkish days, we're to make lives with our excellent, wounded household. An bold triumph of avant-garde formalism."
--Adam McGee, dealing 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 fowl to the Wall (2008) and Neither Prayer, Nor Bird (2013).

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