Afterglow by Eileen Myles


Prolific and widely renowned, 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). This newest book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie. In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly began to make an indelible impact on the writer's s...

Details Afterglow

Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherGrove Press
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Animals, Dogs, Biography, Glbt

Reviews Afterglow

  • Rebecca Foster
    I wish this had been published without the subtitle, or with a more cagey one (like “Notes towards a Dog Memoir” or “A Sort of Dog Memoir”). If what you want is a straightforward dog memoir, read Dog Years by Mark Doty and Ordinary Dogs by Eileen Battersby, both excellent examples of the genre. The time that Myles, known primarily as a poet and queer theorist, had with her pit bull Rosie between 1990 and 2006 is less the substance of this...
  • Cat
    I'm conflicted about this book. Parts of it just seem heartless... I've lost beloved pets through the years and my heart still aches when I really think about them. The grief just doesn't seem to be in this book for me. I don't mean to say the author didn't grieve her pet, I am sure she did (I cried for weeks after the loss of each of my pet children). I will finish the book, but just not right now.
  • sarah corbett morgan
    I'm only half way through this memoir,! Imagine a poet writing about a dog, a beloved dog that has to be put down. Imagine the dog's perspective in all this. Innovative structure, beautiful writing; all in all a stunning work of genius. What. a. fantastic. book.Update, now that I've finished. There are riffs of gorgeous prose, a poet's ear for what is real/true. There are also places where Myles lost me completely. Her discussion of wri...
  • Leigh
    what a book. magic. never read anything like it. some sections I need to go back and spend more time with, were harder to understand. the structure and theme of story as tapestry really worked for me. well worth a second read.
  • Lisa
    I think a lot of the time poets' prose efforts can be so packed that they're by nature uneven—I guess you can say the same for poetry as well. That's definitely the case with this book, and honestly I get the feeling that Myles would be just fine with the idea of taking what you want and leaving the rest. Some of it is just gorgeous, lyrical, madly associative and evocative. And some of it is just too dense or esoteric for the likes of me, and ...
  • Rachel Davies
    another great one
  • Diane Payne
    I didn't realize this book was so short since the ARC was for Kindle. When I got to the end, I knew I hadn't read that rigorously, and I judged the book differently, as if it was a collection of poems, though it was an experimental poetic memoir of sort. If this was Myles' first book, her readers may not be so generous with the reviews. But, if like me, you've read more of her work, you may be more forgiving and more humored by the audacity and, ...
  • Kathy
    Eileen Myles is a poet. Afterglow, like most of her other prose work, perches just on the edge of narrative, sliding frequently into the realm of poetry and metaphor. Though billed as a "Dog Memoir" it is much less straightforward than that. Myles' dog, Rosie, is the fulcrum on which this book swings, but really it explores many larger issues of death and dying, the relationship of humans with dogs, and where we all belong in this world. Afterglo...
  • Jen Hirt
    Here's my suggestions for understanding the brilliance of this book. Think of it this of Rosie on page 173, she looks like a sock puppet.Letter from Rosie....Rosie is the father...puppet for the lost fatherDogs and mailmen, a thing....mailmen bring letters"All mailmen are dogs" (pg. 193)..."A letter is like a dream of a thought" (pg. 195).postal water and foam...pit bulls as "the last fish"...Rosie's ashe...
  • Valerie
    I went into this with a very open mind. Having finished it, I'm left with very mixed feelings. The author certainly has a wonderful way with words and her affinity for poetry is obvious throughout. I just had some trouble at times keeping up with where she was going and who she was speaking as. Perhaps it's because I'm not familiar with her writing style, but I kept finding myself lost and having to backtrack a bit to figure out what she was talk...
  • Sassafras Lowrey
    Eileen Myles writes about her dog? Obviously I had to read this one right away. This is a book of dogs and grief. It is a book of loss, and kinship and what happens if dogs wrote us poetry and letters. There were stories that made me (as an admittedly neurotic dog person ) uncomfortable, and stories about the end, about aging, failing bodies, and passing, that made my heart clench (while I anxiously pet my ancient canine sidekick). "Each writer i...
  • Grimdlewold
    I knew I shouldn't have attempted this book. I had to stop once he described Rosie being put to sleep. Nothing good could come from reading a sad story of a dog's death, even if in her life time she'd known happiness. This is a difficult book. Not just because of the subject matter, but because it's written as one stream of consciousness that wildly jumps around & goes off topic. A copy of this book was provided to me for free by NetGalley
  • Kathleen Gray
    A kaleidoscope indeed. This is quite the book. It moves in time, space, and perspective. It's not about the dog and it is about the dog. Rosie was one lucky canine to have been adopted by Myles, who loved her if not herself. I likely would not have picked this. up if I had not been granted an ARC by Netgalley. I'm glad I read it even if I found it both mystifying and frustrating. Try this for a very different sort of memoir.
  • Susie Dumond
    Well, this one just didn't connect with me. There were moments that I was really with her and moved by where she was headed, but then almost immediately she would lose me again. The prose and structure were more jolting than gripping. While I appreciated some of the moments on grief, loss, and meaning.... Sorry, it's a no from me, dog.Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
  • Karen
    Tears from the start! This book is sad from beginning to end and tells various stories from the author's life as they remind her of her dog.who passed away. Do not read this if you have an older dog...
  • John
    Review to come.
  • Cassandra
    Read it in one day!