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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 desiring a spreadsheet to maintain music of the 1st phrases. "Love" is the "L" observe 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 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 during the alphabet the way in which it truly is presupposed to line up, the "L" phrases shift and wiggle while the poems fun-house-mirror one another. eventually, the poems succeed in for peace with no not easy both realizing, or persistence, figuring out that it isn't basically invaluable, yet wonderful to bop with the monsters beneath our beds.

"I suggestion 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 such a lot non secular, penetrating, and loose. those are poems to discover and take pleasure in again and again over." 
--Tania Runyan, writer of Second Sky

"Miller-Duggan's note 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 tricky, repetitive, uncanny, and fallacious in all of the correct methods, like whatever 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 comprehend, phrases that may be used to sew and carry again drawing close 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 inconceivable like it wrestles opposed to human cruelty, time, and dying. this is often a tremendous book."
--Jeanne Murray Walker, writer of Helping the Morning

"In Alphabet yr, Miller-Duggan exams even 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 be aware of if the holy abides in disaster--and as a extra fast predicament of ways, amidst darkish days, we're to make lives with our outstanding, wounded family. An bold triumph of avant-garde formalism."
--Adam McGee, coping 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 chicken to the Wall (2008) and Neither Prayer, Nor Bird (2013).

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