Books

Dead Letters (BlazeVOX Books, 2008)

More Unknowns (Dead Academics, 2014)

Praise for Dead Letters:

“…Dead Letters is a work of great beauty and force, of intelligence and stark humility.”–Maurice Manning

“Only here, in poems playful as they are crucial, whimsical & heartbreaking… can the instrument burn to be sung, its every breath a gorgeous annihilation.”–Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis

“…Dead Letters is a sensuous, lively book, an impressive debut.”–Jake Adam York

Praise for More Unknowns:

“To read Alan May’s More Unknowns is to navigate an alluring necropolis in which the signature phrases of our own numbed and bellicose epoch continue signaling through the flames. May’s canny and delicate lyrics remind us that to live in our era is to be proximate to both the technology of violence and its taxonomy; there is no one alive on earth who does not suffer this infernal fluency…  Trained in May’s acute and unalarmed gaze, we might be over and not know it, eating at our own profaned alters the dismaying food of the dead.”–Joyelle McSweeney


Praise for Notes Toward an Apocryphal Text:

[This book] by Alan May presents a new poet whose vivid imagination expresses itself in brilliant juxtapositions of imagery and language. His work has an immediate power and, beneath its often-absurdiste surface, is rich and haunting.–Bill Knott

“The poems…are carefully measured, stark and moving. It is a strong original poetry.”–Simon Perchik