The Mourner’s Book of Albums
Daniel Scott Tysdal
Daniel Scott Tysdal has collected unconventional and profound mixed-media poetry that blends traditional and innovative forms to explore remembrance, grief and mourning. These poems are emotionally striking while they explore a wide range of events (a best friend’s suicide to the war in Afganistan, an improvised memorals, a plastinated corpses of Body Worlds) through elegant traditional and twenty-first-century attitude to remembrance and grief. The Mourner’s Book of Albums are composed in a variety of traditional and unconventional forms—the lyric, the ballad, the graphic poem, and the fabricated document, to name a few—as a means of grappling with the many acts and practices that link the living and the dead. Tysdal compiles the albums, however fluid and fragile, that hold them together.
“Daniel Scott Tysdal’s poetry is an exhilarating mix of pop culture, philosophy, mythology, and visual art. Here is a poet who possesses the rare combination of experimental instinct and communicative acuity. Read this book for its confident virtuosity, its innovative spirit, and its surprising generosity.” —Jon Paul Fiorentino