Logorrhea Dementia
A Self-Diagnosis

Poems by Kyle Dargan


“Kyle Dargan has not let contemporary poetics fool him, so don’t let Kyle Dargan fool you. He’s a romantic (small r) with an insatiable desire to construct new meaning in order to heal old experiences. In Logorrhea Dementia, Dargan puts his foot not just into his mouth but also into his heart, worrying the reader into reading experiences that are as otherworldy as they are logical. You will either love this poet or be afraid of the way he integrates theory and prosody then pulls them apart again. Both hip and academic, serious and laid back, he seems never to exist on the page without the strength of both of his eyes doing different things in the name of all of his senses.”
—Thomas Sayers Ellis, author of The Maverick Room: Poems

“Dargan imagines parts of his body abandoning the whole, his heart walking out of his chest, but he always 'remain[s] beautiful in the event / of emergency.' His sneaky, cynical humor finds inspiration in sources as diverse as cartoons, bad movies, overheard cell phone conversations. Dargan titles one of my favorite poems ‘I'll See It When I Believe It.’ With vividness, with style, over and over: he's made a believer out of me.”
—Kim Roberts, Founder and Editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly

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Attempting to stitch a quilt of language for the new millennium, Kyle Dargan finds himself in his third collection propelled forward by a mélange of voices—individuals passed on the street, journalists, philosophers, movie and cartoon characters, hip-hop emcees, and fellow poets—all of which build to a self-diagnosed logorrhea dementia. Dargan’s voice channels an America mentally fatigued from a decade of foreign conflict yet cautiously hopeful about the promise of the country’s renewed introspection.

In these poems, rife with the anxieties of the aughts, Dargan seeks to destabilize social and cultural landscapes believed to be settled—breaking and clearing ground to lay the foundation for a new American perspective.


What if our alphabet was full
of atoms :: I would speak in moles—
spill more in my sleep than a drunk
criers’ convention :: Hear Ye,
I could not be silent :: Silence translates
into all things and nothings
like the atom in fission
labs—atomic models braced
on wooden bones :: If atoms
left fossils, they would be etchings,
an ornate script illegible
across all our faces—
The VQR Poetry Series

Page count: 72 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


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Kyle Dargan’s previous collection of poems Bouquet of Hungers received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and his debut collection, The Listening, was the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He is the former managing editor of Callaloo and the founder and current editor of POST NO ILLS magazine. He is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at American University in Washington, D.C.