Mass for Shut-Ins

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Pub Date 21 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 06 Apr 2023

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The 117th volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, in which Mary-Alice Daniel confronts tricontinental culture shock and her curious placement within many worlds
 
“Against humans creating hell on earth, Daniel draws on animistic, Islamic, and syncretic Christian traditions from her native Nigeria to unleash potent incantations, rituals and spells, electric as St. Elmo’s fire. Buckle up.”—Rae Armantrout, judge
 
In Mass for Shut-Ins, African and Western mythic systems and modern rituals originate an ill-omened universe. Here, it is always night, grim night, under absurd moons. Venturing through dreamscapes, hellscapes, and lurid landscapes, poems map speculative fields of spiritual warfare. This collection is controlled chaos powered by nightmare fuel. It animates an utterly odd organism: a cosmology cobbled with scripture, superstition, mass media, mad science. Horrid, holy, unholy—these pages overrun with the unhinged, intrusive thoughts that obsess us all late into nighttime.
The 117th volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, in which Mary-Alice Daniel confronts tricontinental culture shock and her curious placement within many worlds
 
“Against humans creating hell on...

Advance Praise

“Against humans creating hell on earth, Daniel draws on animistic, Islamic, and syncretic Christian traditions from her native Nigeria to unleash potent incantations, rituals and spells, electric as St. Elmo’s fire. Buckle up.”—Rae Armantrout, judge


Mass for Shut-Ins is a ground-breaking, earth-shaking collection by a poet possessed of uncanny powers. Every poem, every line, is wildly original yet loyal to the art form’s mysterious, sacred origins. This is a book to which readers will return throughout their lives, and that will also, surely, awe readers yet to be born."—Laura Kasischke, author of Where Now



“Brilliant and astonishing, unfolding as a sequence of epistles from the checkpoints at various borders of hell. At times, these psalms of passage seem to have been sent from a soothsayer in some future world.”—David St. John, author of The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems




“Against humans creating hell on earth, Daniel draws on animistic, Islamic, and syncretic Christian traditions from her native Nigeria to unleash potent incantations, rituals and spells, electric as...


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