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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 song of the 1st phrases. "Love" is the "L" note for all of the disorderly abecedarians since it creates a thread with which to assemble the entire ribbons of paintings, faith, human cruelty, anger, and the countless intrusions via 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 really is imagined to line up, the "L" phrases shift and wiggle whilst the poems fun-house-mirror one another. finally, the poems achieve for peace with no difficult both figuring out, or endurance, determining that it isn't in basic terms valuable, yet stunning 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 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 religious, penetrating, and unfastened. those are poems to discover and enjoy again and again over." 
--Tania Runyan, writer of Second Sky

"Miller-Duggan's observe video games are as shut as so much folks 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 tough, 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 coming near near chaos, phrases I now hold like pets. Alphabet Year is a booklet 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 big book."
--Jeanne Murray Walker, writer of Helping the Morning

"In Alphabet yr, Miller-Duggan exams no matter 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 quick trouble of ways, amidst darkish days, we're to make lives with our surprising, wounded household. An formidable 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 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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