Hawk Parable: Poems
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About the Author
"...Mills proves that Faulkner underestimated a poet's ability to manage enormous shifts of scale...Haunted by the unverified possibility of her fighter-pilot grandfather's 'involvement in the Nagasaki mission, ' Mills scans skies for contrails, scrutinizes negatives, reads survivors' accounts, and sifts through white sands...Mills has written a book for the long nuclear century." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"...Mills's new book might send readers outside to stare and wonder how bombs have soiled the sky. A rather ominous endnote, 'My grandfather's possible involvement in the Nagasaki mission has remained a mystery, ' helps frame this book, stitched together by anecdote, folklore, blurry memory, rumor, and archival reels...Hell might burn below our feet, but there's a devilish tinge to what falls from above--and Hawk Parable tells a recursive story of how atomic tests reel on an infinite loop...Mills detours into prose poems that are associative and essayistic--another mode in her attempt at reconciliation with the past. Her frequent return to test sites in the book is apt, as if we are asked to consider the steps necessary toward destruction: methodical, meticulous, messy steps."
- TheMillions.com, "Must Read Poetry April 2019"
Tyler Mills has a few more events that she'd like us to know about: Wed., Jan. 15: World Above Reading Series hosted by the South Jersey Poets Collective. 7 PM. Stockton University's Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmont Ave, Atlantic City, NJ. Tues., Jan. 28: KGB Bar Poetry Evening. 7 PM. KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St., NYC. Tues., Feb. 18: Oklahoma State University. TBD. Stillwater, OK. Thurs., April 2: Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop. 7 PM. Berl's, 141 Front St., Brooklyn, NYC. https: //tylermills.com/events/