by Neil Azevedo

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Ruin is a tale that is not a tale. It is a microscopic peering into the unpleasant fabric of human sustainability. It is a real person wrought by sabotaging the very nature of storytelling. It is a description of love, that is, the deliberate perversion of it in order to fulfill one's needs, which is to say it is the banal record of everyday life. It is a collection of details that follow the details that preceded it in A Book of Nightmares. It is not a happy book. It is full of elegiac contemplation on suffering, helplessness, holiness and unrelenting sexual isolation. It is blunt and graphic and painfully beautiful. It has little plot, and no punctuation, and might, just might, be the poetry for which America has been unconsciously waiting.

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BN ID: 2940150880153
Publisher: William Ralph Press
Publication date: 07/06/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 135,189
File size: 708 KB

About the Author

Neil Azevedo's first book, Ocean, was published by Grove Press in 2005. A book of rock ‘n’ roll trivia, Fan, was published by William Ralph Press under the pseudonym Roland McAlsberg in 2007. His first book of prose, and the first book in this trilogy, These Details in Preference to Nothing: Isabel. The second is A Book of Nightmares: Additional Details in a Continuing Study. Both are available electronically from William Ralph Press. This is the third. In addition to books, Neil has published poems and articles in such magazines as The New Criterion, First Things, The Gettysburg Review, The Antioch Review, Image, The Western Humanities Review, The Journal, Prairie Schooner, Drunken Boat, and The Paris Review where he won the Bernard F. Conners Prize For Poetry in 1998. He currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska where he reads, reclusively spends time with his three children, and from time to time directs the vinyl reissue label Drastic Plastic Records.

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