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Divided into five sections, the American poet and translator Taylor Mignon’s first solo collection of poetry begins with his “Juvenilia.”

The section includes alphabet poems, intricate plays on words, and paeans to bodily functions and excreta. The poems — referencing Camus, Rimbaud, Ginsberg, “Blade Runner,” Radiohead, Joy Division, and, I would hazard a guess, Captain Beefheart: “Oh, skyscraper window shiner moonshine” — are fun to read, their dissonance and alliteration creating mind nodes and tying the tongue in knots.

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