“Paul Naylor’s MINGLING AMONG is a beautifully sustained, thought-provoking, and companionable prose poem in five interrelated sections. Taking the paragraph as his primary unit of composition, scenes are rendered in ever-changing frames of time, scale, and location, in a measured if kaleidoscopic inquiry into the possibility of overcoming our obsession with binary constructions and the domination of nature.” —Ted Pearson
“This book is an intellectual autobiography composed as a series of questions often untethered from answers. This book is a philosophical text that teases out Western dualism and, with no little difficulty, favors multiplicity. This book is the story of a boy who grew up Mormon who became a man aging into Zen Buddhism. This book is about the older father of a young girl who dances to Taylor Swift. This book is about an anti-capitalist who lives in capital. This book is an examination of the self as grammar, excluding capitals. This book is an elegy to our earth on the brink of extinction.” —Susan M Schultz
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MINGLING AMONG (BlazeVOX [books], 2023) is Paul Naylor's ninth full-length book of poetry-following Playing Well With Others (Singing Horse Press, 2004), Arranging Nature (Chax Press, 2006), JAMMED TRANSMISSION (Tinfish Press, 2009), BOOK OF CHANGES (Shearsman Books, 2012), ANARCHEOLOGY (Talisman House Books, 2018), LUMINOUS RUSE (Tinfish Press, 2019), NOT QUITE NOON (Dos Madres Press, 2020), and Little Cliffs (BlazeVOX Books, 2021). He is also the author of Poetic Investigations: Singing the Holes in History (Northwestern University Press, 1999), a critical study of five contemporary poets-Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Lyn Hejinian, Kamau Brathwaite, and M. Nourbese Philip. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Debi, and daughter, Siena.