Devastation (Paperback)

By Melissa Buzzeo

Nightboat Books, 9781937658250, 88pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

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The Devastation, a performance novel or poem, is based on the fallibility of a single image: a sea-wreck in language, the lovers on the floor of the sea, a sea of poetry, current, currency, connection--the world. How do we value "impoverished speech" or try to find abundance in impoverishment? A narrative that stems from "an image that is never exhausted" whose affect pervades the function of the whole, The Devastation is a lyric exploration of relation and community.

About the Author

MELISSA BUZZEO is the author of three previous full-length books: What Began Us (2007), Face (2009), and For Want and Sound (2012). She has taught at Brown University, the University of Iowa, and Naropa University, and currently teaches at Pratt Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.