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Steeped in the language and images the author was raised on, this fractured memoir explores the nature of utopian impulses and how they break down--from 19th-century spiritual movements to 1960s radicalism to the current hopes for Barack Obama. Melding the influence of such varied ideas as Dorothy Parker quips, Beat diatribes, Victorian children's stories, and the crumbling beauty and very real danger of downtown Detroit, the writing is related closely to traditional lyricism, while also surveying narrative, mystery, memory, and the emotional effect of language on a reader. With research subjects ranging from communes and hippie cookbooks to surrealism and the MC5, no subjects here escape the search for profundity.
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About the Author

DamianRogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit. Her poems have been published in "Brick Magazine," "MoonLit," " Salt Hill," "This Magazine," and "The Walrus." She lives in Toronto.

Reviews

"Coolly observed and image-driven, her poems are unsettling and at times enigmatic. But they can also be spellbinding, filled with striking turns of phrase." "--Toronto Star" "Tells us of dreams that sound like our own, shooting little arrows of insight that split the heart, revealing the shocking vulnerability of life. "Paper Radio" is a jewel of a book that you will want to read over and over and over again." --Greg Keelor, singer-songwriter "What the cool kids will be reading." --Afterword, "National Post" "In "Paper Radio", Damian Rogers emerges as a poet of startling clarity, intelligence, toughness, and tenderness." --April Bernard, author, "Blackbird", "Bye Bye"; "Pirate Jenny"; "Psalms"; "Romanticism"; and "Swan Electric" "I'm rather amazed at what Toronto writer Damian Rogers achieves in her poetry collection, Paper Radio . . . In her first collection of poems, Rogers is writing a density with such an enviable ease, rivaling even American poet Sarah Manguso for her clear, tight wisdom and ease of thought, but in a prevailing edge and undercurrent of darkness far more wry than cut." --rob mclennan, author, aubade "Perhaps the most attractive quality of Rogers' voice is the meditative effect produced by certain verses, the Zen-like mindfulness that connects past, present and future experiences in a coherent, colorful continuum. 'I said oh. I said wait, hold on / I am changing into someone / completely different and better, ' the poet writes and suddenly we are all changed too. Recommended." --"Scene Magazine" "Written with the confidence of a teenager carving her arm. . . . Rogers is able to execute that most important of the poet's tasks, seeing the atypical in the typical . . . An auspicious debut." --"Broken Pencil" "Damian Rogers' troubled teens, ecstatic utopians, and distracted deities are evidence of a powerful poetic storyteller . . . It's rare to find a young poet so deeply invested in both her own experience and the reader's pleasure. A splendid, memorable debut." --Kevin Connolly

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