Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Winner of the 2009 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize. Praise from Forrest Gander, Contest Judge: "With a scenery-chewing imagination, deft linguistic cuts, slippery line breaks and disjointed or dehiscent narrative elements, Neil de la Flor abandons genre rules to explore gender roles, religion, domestic relations, science and history. The poems of ALMOST DOROTHY take place in spectacular leaps away from conventional patterns of development. They suggest a kind of super symmetry that links saints, elementary particles, two boys dressed for Halloween as Dorothy, and a butch Brazilian barman. Revisionary and anachronistic in its referencing and formally restless with its lyrics, lists, prose poems, definitions, and dramatic dialogues, ALMOST DOROTHY is the red-headed stepchild of Antony (without the Johnsons) and Jean Cocteau. Infusing poetry with theater, Neil de la Flor is at once bitingly original, funny, and uncompromising."
About the Author
Neil de la Flor's literary work has appeared most recently in Court Green, No Tell Motel, Hayden's Ferry Review, Sentence, and Barrow Street. He is the co-author of Facial Geometry, (NeO Pepper Press) a chapbook of triads written with collaborator poets Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass. He teaches at Miami Dade College and lives in Miami, Florida.