MORGAN (A LYRIC) accumulates impressions of the complex emotional landscape of a relationship in which one of the lovers is facing early death through cystic fibrosis. Rather than a more traditional memoir that results in an epiphany, the memoir is fashioned from brief narrative episodes, patterned sentence collages, and notes on cognition and perception. Shifting repeatedly in time and location—from a hospital dialysis unit to sex in a parked car to a romantic writers’ Baja retreat to an ICU following lung transplant—a portrait builds of a love lived under the intensifying pressure of mortality.
Nonfiction. LGBTQIA Studies. Hybrid.
Boyer Rickel's previous publications include two book- length poetry collections, remanence (Parlor Press) and arreboles (Wesleyan), a memoir-in-essays, Taboo (Wisconsin), as well as three poetry chapbooks, Tempo Rubato (Green Linden Press), Musick's Hand-maid and reliquary (both from Seven Kitchens Press). In addition to poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arizona Commission on the Arts, his lyric essays have recently received awards from Prairie Schooner and Tupelo Quarterly. He taught in the University of Arizona Creative Writing Program for twenty years.