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Publication Date
September 2018
Page Count
96 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9


Kyle Dargan
About the Author

KYLE DARGAN is the author of four collections of poetry—Honest Engine (2015), Logorrhea Dementia (2010), Bouquet of Hungers (2007) and The Listening (2003)--all published by the University of Georgia Press. For his work, he has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His books have also been finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Eric Hoffer Awards Grand Prize. Dargan has partnered with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities to produce poetry programming at the White House and Library of Congress. He's worked with and supports a number of youth writing organizations, such as 826DC, Writopia Lab and the Young Writers Workshop. He is currently an Associate Professor of literature and director of creative writing at American University, as well as the founder and editor of POST NO ILLS magazine. His writing has been feature on Bill Moyers & Co. and in print venues such as Poetry, the New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed Reader, American Poetry Review and Callaloo.

In Dargan’s Anagnorisis, what can be called "disillusionment" is life torqueing into complication and deeper possibilities. Here, communities in the micro and macro mangle and contort the speaker out of his focus on systems of oppression and onto oppressed people, decimating all distractions for charismatic calls for joy, “Yes, I am thankful,/ but I cannot accommodate you/ inside my gratitude,” such that the speaker can, with wisdom, “know how a song/ do & don’t tell.” Dargan leaves no social upheaval untouched. Ecopoetic, internationally erudite, and chiseled by love, these poems “know the phenomenon that is judgment,” making a torch song into a brilliant resurrection.
—Phillip B. Williams, author of Thief in the Interior


Anagnorisis is a book of riveting intimacy and of national significance; a reckoning with this terrifying immediate moment: Trump-times and macho disasters. Yet it is also a book of unsentimental and profound hope in flesh and blood everyday-living people. It is a book of “Dee Cee” and a book of America. Dargan’s words are restrained, matter of fact and yet spell-binding. The landscape, the sound and the rhythm are gorgeous and true.  His stories are throat catching. Anagnorisis will endure. Dargan is at once our poet and our poetics. 
—Dr. Imani Perry, author of More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States