“Vandals, Horses,” published in The Vandals, was awarded a Pushcart Prize.
“Thirty years ago when Dylan told us “the pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handle,” who could know they’d be reconstellated here, with all their sweet weirdness and fierce wisdom, in Alan Michael Parker’s remarkable and brilliant new collection of poems. When these vandals amd this poet sing, I make myself stop to listen.” — David St. John
“In this book of trespass and insubordination, Alan Michael Parker pillages all the tints and tones of diction on his way to an outrageous, courageous new poetics. With wicked wit and unfailing intelligence, Parker dismantles the ineluctable wish for closure and stasis. Rather than minding their manners, his poems unhinge aesthetic decorum. They exist in the synapse and spark between word and object, mind and world, where meaning takes shape. Turbulent and musical, profound and absurd, they gesture toward the universal with waves of farewell.” — Alice Fulton