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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The first all-new collection of poems since 2011's Snowflake/different streets--and following the critically acclaimed Afterglow (a dog memoir), as well as the volume of selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice--here, in Evolution, we find the eminent, exuberant writer at the forefront of American literature, upending genre in a new vernacular that enacts--like nobody else-- ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Grove Press
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Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley, poetry
My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my blog.

Sauntering about internal and urban landscapes, past and present, Eileen Myles comments upon politics, pop culture, desire, selfhood, and more in the poems of their latest collection, Evolution. Scattered throughout the 176-page collection are a few rambling prose poems that speed through subjects such as Trump's election, the Shakers' history, the loss of the poet's mother, Comey's public persona, and women's ambit
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intriguing collection of poems that will take more than one reading or a deal of pondering over each poem. The short lines do not complete a thought and the lack of punctuation leaves the reader to find structure in the lines and create meaning between the words. I am reminded of the first time I read Gertrude Stein's Tiny Buttons.

Available September 21, 2018
Vincent Scarpa
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for the introduction, the acceptance speech, and “Sweet Heart” alone.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This review first appeared on the blog Ally's Appraisals:

My Thoughts: In Evolution we see a lot of the poet, Eileen Myles, in her work. I really enjoyed everything Evolution had to offer, the poetry is both emotional and refreshing - Myles shows us all that poetry can be.

Poetry makes us feel, and in Evolution we are offered a range of emotions: love, loss, desire, regret, and at times loneliness. Throughout the book we are given an insight into the woman herself - we le
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I find it difficult to read these poems. Myles makes up her own rules, whether she writes prose or poetry. Sometimes she runs words without a "road map" (no punctuation, capitalization), or in her poems splits up a word (the beginning ends one line, the end begins the following line), and it's difficult for me to find coherence. But this, I suppose, is labeled "poetic license." (I'm ok with her splitting words up, as some poets do that.) I would like to hear her read her work, as I've heard she' ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it

by Eileen Myles

Grove Atlantic

Grove Press


Pub Date 11 Sep 2018

I am reviewing Evolution through Grove Press and Netgalley:

In her first publication since 2011’s Snowflake/Different Street and following her critically acclaimed collection Afterglow (A Dog’s Memoir) is the eminent and critically acclaimed writer on the forefront of American Literature.

I give Evolution three out of five stars!

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Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, poetry
The experimental New York poet returns with her first new collection since her career-spanning I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems and she ruminates on many things - her parents, dogs, and of course the current political landscape. Her poems are challenging, frenziedly moving through a host of topics, the product of a sharp rapid-fire mind.
Becca Erwin
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This poetry graces us in Myles' characteristic vernacular style. Featuring lesbians, New York City, and a world that is falling apart, it could not be a more timely look inside the mind of the poet genius. The poems range in length, some only a sentence long, giving Rupi Kaur a run for her money. It also includes a speech that Myles gave in which they imagine themselves as having won the 2016 presidential election. If only, as per their presidential vision, we could convert the white house into ...more
Nathaniel Darkish
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Much of the poetry felt like free stream-of-consciousness ramblings rather than anything crafted or worthwhile to me. Wasn't my style of poetry, not for me.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not for me. I've tried to read this twice, and just can't get into it. It's a shame, as the blurb sounded quite promising, and I do love contemporary poetry.
Matt Proctor
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
instant classic
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
... I suppose
going blind is momentary
seeing colours
in everything
and remembering
them for
the rest of
your life.
Jeffrey Parker
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Evolution was my first exposure to the poetry of Eileen Myles. I first started hearing about Myles in the writings of Maggie Nelson and I'm glad I finally sat down, picked up this book, and got down to business. At a superficial level, my first impression of Myles' poetry was that it was following in the path of Bukowski, which is a common reference. But that doesn't do justice to the poetry in Evolution or to Myles' art. Yes, many of the poems are conversational and raw, but they are also more ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I'm not a regular poetry reader, I often end up putting down poetry collections or speeding through almost to get it over with. With Evolution, I did none of that. Myles's poetry is obscure, hiding in itself, never completing a sentence but also has this rhythm that makes reading a delight. It's ok, it seems, to not pause and parse out meaning because this is Myles, this is her approach to life, bits and pieces of beauty and pain but also time marches on and there are more feelings to have. I re ...more
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Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. Their twenty books include Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You and I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016, Myles r ...more
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