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Eileen Myles: Afterglow

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Scottish Poetry Library

5 Crichton's Close

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Prolific and widely renowned poet, novelist, and essayist Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work “set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match” (New York Review of Books). Afterglow (a dog memoir), Myles’ first foray into memoir, paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie. Join Myles for the launch of this bold step into memoir.

Myles’ entry into the grand literary tradition of writers paying homage to a beloved pet subverts both genre and tradition. Combining screenplay, monologue, science fiction, and lucid memory, the text is animated with photos, diagrams, drawings, and poems to craft a mosaic of their life together.

Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles’s childhood puppet, to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull; from lyrical transcriptions of their walks, to Rosie’s enlightened narration from the afterlife, Afterglow joyously transcends the parameters of memoir and illuminates the surreal and familiar aspects of what it means to dedicate your existence to a dog.

The SPL is fully accessible, with a ground-floor entrance and a lift that accesses all three floors. There is one adapted toilet on the basement floor. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome. A portable audio loop is available for single user; if you need a multi-user loops system, please let us know as far as possible in advance. For more about our accessibility, please visit: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/library/find-us

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