Logorrhea Dementia: A Self-Diagnosis

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Attempting to stitch a quilt of language for the new millennium, Kyle Dargan finds himself in his third collection propelled forward by a mélange of voices—individuals passed on the street, journalists, philosophers, movie and cartoon characters, hip-hop emcees, and fellow poets—all of which build to a self-diagnosed logorrhea dementia. Dargan’s voice channels an America mentally fatigued from a decade of foreign conflict yet cautiously hopeful about the promise of the country’s...

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Overview

Attempting to stitch a quilt of language for the new millennium, Kyle Dargan finds himself in his third collection propelled forward by a mélange of voices—individuals passed on the street, journalists, philosophers, movie and cartoon characters, hip-hop emcees, and fellow poets—all of which build to a self-diagnosed logorrhea dementia. Dargan’s voice channels an America mentally fatigued from a decade of foreign conflict yet cautiously hopeful about the promise of the country’s renewed introspection.

 

In these poems, rife with the anxieties of the aughts, Dargan seeks to destabilize social and cultural landscapes believed to be settled—breaking and clearing ground to lay the foundation for a new American perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820336848
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: The VQR Poetry Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 1,004,425

Meet the Author

Kyle Dargan’s previous collection of poems Bouquet of Hungers received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and his debut collection, The Listening, was the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He is the former managing editor of Callaloo and the founder and current editor of POST NO ILLS magazine. He is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at American University in Washington, D.C.

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“Entropy”
What if our alphabet was full of atoms :: I would speak in moles—
spill more in my sleep than a drunk criers’ convention :: Hear Ye,
I could not be silent :: Silence translates into all things and nothings like the atom in fission labs—atomic models braced on wooden bones :: If atoms left fossils, they would be etchings,
an ornate script illegible across all our faces—

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Table of Contents

Breathing: A Preliminary

Acknowledgments

[Firstbreath]

Entropy 3

You Lost Your Heart in Manhattan 4

I'll See It When I Believe It 5

Dear R 6

No Passengers 8

The Most Beautiful City in the Wounded Empire 10

Equinox 11

Harmonica, Green Line 12

Wandered, The 13

[Secondbreath]

Informercial Soliloquy against Apocalypse 17

Ooth Jazz 19

Sex with America 20

Dalmatian Syndrome 22

A Dark Age 24

Sound Culture 25

Penny Therapy 26

Past Parallax 27

Ask the Devil 28

Jesus in the Yucatan 29

Tauromachia 30

Conflict Chic 31

Men Die Miserably for Lack 32

In Praise of Jailbreaks 34

Gazelle Theory No. 44 35

The Burning of a Black Hero and a Dawn (1971) 36

Try Again 37

For a Fee 38

[Thirdbreath]

O for Operator 41

Deciduous Youths 42

Public-Verb Agreement 43

Flight School 45

How to Lick a Blade 46

Man of the Family 47

Letter Home No. 3 48

Star-Spangled Sutra 49

[Habeas Corpus] 50

Pilot to Bombardier 51

Mugabe's Glasses 52

Dr. Imperial's Tree of Knowledge 54

A History of Fear 56

The Father Poem 58

What the Rapture Will Be Like 59

My Ban-Kai 60

Notes 65

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