Hawk Parable: Poems

Tyler Mills (Author)
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"...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


Hawk Parable begins with a family mystery and engages with the limits of historical knowledge--particularly of the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped at the end of the Second World War and the repercussions of atomic tests the U.S. conducted throughout the 20th century. These poems explore a space between environmental crisis and a crisis of conscience.

As a lyric collection, Hawk Parable begins as a meditation on the author's grandfather's possible involvement in the Nagasaki mission and moves through poems that engage with the legacy of nuclear testing on our global environment. At times, Hawk Parable borrows language from declassified nuclear test films, survivor accounts of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, scientific studies of bird migrations through the Nevada Test Site, and the author's grandfather's letters.

This book enacts what it means to encounter fragments--of historical records, family stories, and survivor accounts--through exploring a variety of forms. Hawk Parable seeks what it means to be human in the spaces between tragedy and beauty, loss and life, in the relationships between the lyric speaker, history, and personal memory.

Product Details

Price
$15.95
Publisher
University of Akron Press
Publish Date
April 22, 2019
Pages
88
Dimensions
6.1 X 0.2 X 9.0 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781629221052
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About the Author

Tyler Mills is the author of two books of poems, Hawk Parable (winner of the 2017 Akron Poetry Prize) and Tongue Lyre (winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Poetry, and her essays have appeared in AGNI, Copper Nickel, and The Rumpus. The recipient of residencies from Yaddo, Ragdale, and the Vermont Studio Center, and scholarships/fellowships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee, the Chicago native is an assistant professor at New Mexico Highlands University, editor-in-chief of The Account, and a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Reviews

"...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/