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H, the exciting new book by Lambda award-winning poet Jim Elledge, is an impressionist biography in prose poems of outsider artist Henry Darger.

Like Darger, H is entangled in a disturbing triangle: haunted by the spirit of murdered six-year-old Elsie Paroubek; plagued by memories of the childhood sexual abuse he suffered and by the despair he endured as an adult because of it; and tormented by the Divine as only believers can be. Through it all, only his “special friend” Whillie provides H (and Darger) sanctuary.

H is an unflinching portrait of two men simultaneously—one real, one metaphoric, both extraordinarily complex.

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