by Eileen Myles


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The first all-new collection of poems since 2011’s Snowflake/different streets —and following the critically acclaimed Afterglow (a dog memoir) , as well as the volume of selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice —here, in Evolution , we find the eminent, exuberant writer at the forefront of American literature, upending genre in a new vernacular that enacts—like nobody else—the way we speak (inside and out) today. Evolution , with its channeling of Quakers, Fresca, and cell phones, radiates vital insight, purpose, and risk, like in these opening lines of the title poem:





so I buy

a Diet Coke &

a newspaper

a version of “me”


about me on the

earth & its sneakers

& feeling like

the earth’s furniture

but that can’t be

true or like

the coke & the Times

it’s true for a little


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802147714
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 264,354
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty books, including Afterglow (a dog memoir) , Inferno (a poet’s novel) , Chelsea Girls , and Cool For You. Myles’s many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, four Lambda Literary Awards, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, as well as grants from Creative Capital (nonfiction) and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (poetry), and the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant.

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