Inferno (a poet’s novel)

Eileen Myles

“My English teacher’s ass was so beautiful.”

From its first sentence, Eileen Myles’s Inferno captivates. Winding through the story of linked incidents in their life, Myles writes about being a writer, being queer,  the 1980s in downtown New York, dog ownership, art colliding with commerce, commerce colliding with humanity, drugs, drinking, not drinking, sex (a whole lot of really quality sex)–basically, everything fun to read about and everything that matters. If you’ve heard about this book and have been meaning to get around to reading it–well, what are you waiting for?

If you’ve never heard of Eileen Myles, this book is a great introduction to their work, but make sure you also run right out and get all the others.


You can purchase Inferno directly from O/R Books.

About the Author

Eileen Myles


Eileen Myles was born in Boston (1949) and moved to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Snowflake/different streets (poems, 2012) is the latest of their 18 books. Inferno (a poet’s novel) came out in 2010.

"The science of existence was completely out there for me to explore. Me, a twenty-five year old female. There’s no mystery why poetry is so elaborately practiced by the young. The material of poems is energy itself, not even language. Words come later."

-Eileen Myles, Inferno (a poet’s novel)