"A chicken in orbit, an armless orchestra, all manner of objects wobbly and surreal, dire and dear, inhabit this haggard landscape of non-stop linguistic playfulness that ?ickeringly translates into Bill, or Billness, or Billessence- a life-like postmodern everyman whose languagey bits coalesce long enough to give voice to this unforgettable complaint. What a funny, crafty, wise, warm, virtuosic debut!"
"In Dan Kaplan's provocative new book, Bill's Formal Complaint, we encounter American neo-surrealism at its ?nest in the form of Bill, the quirky representative of our privileged discontent with living. Bill immediately takes us everywhere and nowhere, haunting his eponymous history, then leading us breathlessly into the netherworld of dream and the accidental beauties of miscommunication, only to escort us out of it with the same uncertainty: who was Bill?"
Dan Kaplan is the author of the poetry collection Bill's Formal Complaint (The National Poetry Review Press, 2008) and the bilingual chapbook SKIN (Red Hydra Press, 2005), an edition produced by printmakers and book artists in Cuba and the U.S. His work has appeared in publications including American Letters & Commentary, VOLT, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, Barrow Street, Meridian, Indiana Review, and the anthology Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton & Co.). He lives in Portland, Oregon.