A. Loudermilk utilizes confessional, persona, and third-person poems throughout this intimate yet socially conscious first collection. Strange Valentine is an indictment of love, fixating on the paranoid relationship between body and state, on the dangerous relationship between family history and sexual history, and on the elusive relationship between gender and sexualityspecifically as experienced in the working-class towns of the southernmost Midwest. Riding highly crafted rhythms in sound, line, and invented form, Loudermilk’s multivoiced storytelling resounds with the characters and heartbreaks of the heartland.
About the Author
A. Loudermilk is the author of The Daughterliest Son, which won the Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Competition and was published in 2002. A winner of The Chas B. Wood Award for Distinguished Writing from Carolina Quarterly, the Phyllis Smart Young Prize in Poetry, as well as the Cream City Review Poetry Prize, he has published poetry in Tin House, The Louisville Review, The Mississippi Review, Margie, The Redneck Review, and other journals. His essays have been published Journal X, River Teeth, The Journal of Consumer Culture, and the Journal of International Women’s Studies. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.