The Devastation
Poetry | $15.95
paperback, 184 pages, 6 x 7 1/2 in.
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781937658250

An arresting lyric exploration of the performance of love in language

The Devastation, a performance novel or poem, is based on the fallibility of a single image: a sea-wreck in language, the lovers on the floor of the sea, a sea of poetry, current, currency, connection—the world. How do we value “impoverished speech” or try to find abundance in impoverishment?  A narrative that stems from “an image that is never exhausted” whose affect pervades the function of the whole, The Devastation is a lyric exploration of relation and community.

"Melissa Buzzeo delivers language from its hidden sources and outer fringes with extraordinary poignancy and precision." — Avital Ronell