In his latest collection, Random Exorcisms, Adrian C. Louis writes poems with the rough-edged wit and heart-wrenching sincerity that make him one of the seminal voices in contemporary American poetry. Deeply rooted in Native American traditions and folklore, these poems tackle a broad range of subjects, including Facebook, zombies, horror movies, petty grievances, real grief, and pure political outrage. In a style entirely his own, Louis writes hilarious, genuine, self-deprecating poems that expel a great many demons, including any sense of isolation a reader might feel facing a harsh and lonely world.
Available now from Pleiades Press
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"Adrian C. Louis is profane, angry, and in deep love with this sad-ass world. He is the primary reason why I started to write poems. And he is one of the poets that I constantly re-read. He is one of my personal prophets."
"When I hear the name Adrian C. Louis I feel like the ground moves a bit, the shadows we invented in these Americas grow darker, the morning light becomes as real as a needle dropped in a schoolyard. In fact all those things happen when you are lucky enough to be standing in front of art that matters, poems that pull all your organs out and names them like Adam naming the animals. Louis is a poet we can all be afraid of because his truth is our truth and that kind of thing is scary."
"Adrian C. Louis’s Random Exorcisms is a testament to his singular vision and mastery of verse. These thoughtful and always-surprising narratives question the ever-present machinery of our time—social media and cable television, malleable definitions of race, aging, and the ways memory gets refracted inside of it all. The unpredictable lyricism that has been a hallmark of Louis’s poetry directs us to examine our relationship with mortality and memory. Random Exorcisms makes clear that we need a more active communal memory, a more honest awareness of technology and history in order to find our way through these splintered and aging American landscapes."