From toy guns to weed-covered bunkers, this series of prose poems examine the ways the franchises of war pervade our quotidian lives and the complicity that the speaker, her family, and her suburban hometown endure but also share in the propagation of violence.
Utterly unlike any book of poetry or prose poetry you’ll read in this or any other year, Camouflage for the Neighborhood has the sharp beauty of a hand-made Clovis-point flint tool, and cuts as deeply into one of the central issues of our age: the home-made, always personal violence we do to one another on this earth, and the interconnection of lives in which it takes placeJane Hirshfield
In Camouflage for the Neighborhood, Delany-Ullman meditates on the never-ending home front of war. It is an internalized landscape that would otherwise drift into the erasure of history, were it not for Delany-Ullman’s vigilant witness. For years now, I’ve advocated for writers to focus on war and the long shadows it casts here at home. It’s exciting to see Delany-Ullman working within this tradition, layering this meditation with the various wars and aspects of conflict that make up a large portion of contemporary American lifeBrian Turner
With remarkable acuity, Lorene Delany-Ullman digs through the mythic debris of America’s recent wars, collecting mementoes of the savagery and setting them against the tender trappings of the suburbs. It’s a literary rendition of James Rosenquist’s F-111: horrifying in its juxtapositions, beautiful and deeply unsettling; a dark lullaby set to sweet music.David J. MorrisStorm on the Horizon
Lorene Delany-Ullman’s book of prose poems, Camouflage for the Neighborhood, was the winner of the 2011 Sentence Award, and published by Firewheel Editions (December 2012). In addition, she has most recently published creative nonfiction and poetry in AGNI, Cimarron Review, Zócalo Public Square, Naugatuck River Review, and Chaparral. Her poems have been included in anthologies such as Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, 2009) and Alternatives to Surrender (Plain View Press, 2007). She is currently collaborating with artist, Jody Servon, on Saved, an ongoing photographic and poetic exploration of the human experience of life, death, and memory. As one of the founders of the Casa Romantica Reading Series in San Clemente, California, Delany-Ullman organized and hosted monthly poetry and fiction readings from 2004-2010. She teaches composition at the University of California, Irvine.
For more visit: www.lorenedelanyullman.com