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by Megan Boyle
 

Poetry. Megan Boyle's debut poetry collection is at once confessional, sociological, emotional, detached, funny, sad, delightful, reckless, and meditative. Written in the naturally meticulous, defaultedly complex, always affecting voice of a person too imaginative and self-aware and intelligent to be fully consumed by depression and loneliness but too aware of the

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Poetry. Megan Boyle's debut poetry collection is at once confessional, sociological, emotional, detached, funny, sad, delightful, reckless, and meditative. Written in the naturally meticulous, defaultedly complex, always affecting voice of a person too imaginative and self-aware and intelligent to be fully consumed by depression and loneliness but too aware of the meaninglessness and ephemeral nature of existence (and too depressed and lonely) to write on any level but an existential, emotionally-driven, unsimplified one, Megan Boyle's debut poetry collection is the rare work of art that conveys troubling and scary information, undiluted, about humans and the universe but in a way, ultimately, that makes you excited to be alive, eager to be troubled and scared, grateful to simply be here.

"...unbelievably engaging and mesmerizing. Boyle writes with such openness about living in a world that constantly mystifies you, the strange act of watching yourself do things you can't quite understand, making a mess of things and figuring out how to keep living [...] I can't think of another book quite like it, can't think of a voice as distinctive and strange as Boyle's."—Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

"Just reading this collection, [Megan Boyle] immediately became one of my favorite modern poets."—Benn Ray, WYPR's The Signal

"[O]ne of the funniest, most satisfying, most original, most satisfying books of poetry I've come across in years."—Rachel Whang, Atomic Books

"[A] blunt work that challenges the reader, dares the reader to find out what this woman has on her mind. Boyle exhibits a generous exhibitionist quality that leaves one wondering if she might be the next Laurie Anderson."—Nicolle Elizabeth, The Brooklyn Rail

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"[T]he first book I've ever read that truly represents the strangely compelling way people reveal themselves, in writing, on the Internet."—Jay Gabler, Twin Cities Daily Planet

"With her mixture of immediate honesty and everyman wit, Boyle has emerged as a cult voice of Millennials whom have come of age sharing confessional writing online."—Kelley Hoffman, Elle

"I was surprised to discover in Megan's book that she's slept with a few women [...] She has dark hair and is funny and does stuff with her life, so right away she skyrockets above most people who are wading around in the dating pool of life."—Kelly McClure, Vice

Library Journal
This is the latest print release from Muumuu House, a small, Brooklyn-based press founded in 2008 by literary enfant terrible Tao Lin. As its tongue-in-cheek title suggests, the poetry and prose poems found here are organized by date, as if they were real-life journal entries by the author. The voice is slow and deliberate, full of mundane details and pop-culture references; the reader is privy to every thought as Boyle confronts loneliness and tries to find meaning in drugs, food, novels, and acquaintances. She holds nothing back; one of the pieces is titled "Everyone I've Had Sex With." This voyeuristic view is telling of the "post-ironic" digital age, creating a portrait of someone who feels uncomfortable in daily routine and spends much of her time cultivating an online persona. VERDICT Only time will tell whether this press finds widespread acclaim or continues as an Internet-based cult favorite, but Boyle has a unique voice worth following. She is adept at describing ineffable everyday emotions, and much comfort can be found in her honesty. Recommended for those who enjoy personal blogs, Twitter, and confessional fiction from Lorrie Moore to Charles Bukowski.—Kate Gray, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982206720
Publisher:
Muumuu House
Publication date:
10/10/2011
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
684,485
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Megan Boyle (b. 1985) lives in Baltimore. She has been published by Thought Catalog, 3:AM, Pop Serial, and other venues.

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