Logorrhea Dementia: A Self-Diagnosis by Kyle Dargan
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 voicesindividuals passed on the street, journalists, philosophers, movie and cartoon characters, hip-hop emcees, and fellow poetsall 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 settledbreaking and clearing ground to lay the foundation for a new American perspective.
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—
Table of Contents
Breathing: A Preliminary Acknowledgments
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Entropy You Lost Your Heart in Manhattan I'll See It When I Believe It Dear R No Passengers The Most Beautiful City in the Wounded Empire Equinox Harmonica, Green Line Wandered, The
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Infomercial Soliloquy against Apocalypse Ooth Jazz Sex with America Dalmatian Syndrome A Dark Age Sound Culture Penny Therapy Past Parallax Ask the Devil Jesus in the Yucatan Tauromachia Conflict Chic Men Die Miserably for Lack In Praise of Jailbreaks Gazelle Theory No. 44 The Burning of a Black Hero, and a Dawn (1971) Try Again For a Fee
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O for Operator Deciduous Youths Public-Verb Agreement Flight School How to Lick a Blade Man of the Family Letter Home No. 3 Star-Spangled Sutra [Habeas Corpus] Pilot to Bombardier Mugabe's Glasses Dr. Imperial's Tree of Knowledge A History of Fear The Father Poem What the Rapture Will Be Like My Ban-Kai