Aaron Fagan - A Better Place Is Hard to Find

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Aaron Fagan will be in conversation with Zoë Hitzig

Revealing the profusion of life “Where silence / And all possible / Outcomes bathe // In simultaneity,” the poems in Aaron Fagan’s astonishing third collection, A Better Place Is Hard to Find, carefully tune their lines, breaks, and turns of phrase to the acoustics of the author's lived experience. A master of giving shape to thought, Fagan's absorbing poems about love, relationships, philosophy, and his personal history reveal the intimate function poetry can hold in the course of examining one's life.

"Aaron Fagan's A Better Place Is Hard to Find contains some of the finest poems I've read in years. At once fluid, blistering, and visionary, Fagan's poems are marvels that I admire for their beauty, their craft, and their fearlessness in the search for truth. What a poet!"—Rowan Ricardo Phillips

"Aaron Fagan’s marvelous A Better Place is Hard to Find revels in ideas without being at all intellectualized.  Rather, he takes pleasure in the sheer feel of them as they unfold in long, sinuous sentences, a pleasure the reader shares, even though the poems are not so much addressed to a reader as overheard by one.  His poetry feels like it flows on endlessly, “Full of what we did or didn’t do, said/Or didn’t say, but it comes and goes,/(Like all things clear) like nothing clear.” —John Koethe

“Witty, inventive, surprising, uplifting, but also drawn to probe the darker recesses of the human psyche, the poems collected here reveal Aaron Fagan at his most compelling. This volume will surely enhance his status as one of the brightest stars in the American poetic firmament.”—Mark Ford

Aaron Fagan was born in Rochester, New York, in 1973 and educated at Hampshire College and Syracuse University. He has published three collections of poetry: Garage (Salt, 2007), Echo Train (Salt, 2010), and A Better Place Is Hard to Find (The Song Cave, 2020). He is a poetry editor for Music & Literature.

Zoë Hitzig is PhD candidate in economics at Harvard University and a poet.

Her first book of poems, Mezzanine was published by Ecco/HarperCollins in June 2020. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker,  London Review of BooksParis Review, Lana Turner, Harper’s and elsewhere.

Her research in microeconomic theory and public economics seeks to understand how economic institutions can be designed to better reflect the preferences and values of the people they affect.

A Better Place Is Hard to Find Cover Image
ISBN: 9781734035155
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Song Cave - October 1st, 2020