Virtual - Rowan Ricardo Phillips - LIVING WEAPON

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

This event is presented on Zoom. Click here to register.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips will be in conversation with poet Aaron Fagan.

A revelation, a shoring up, a transposition: Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s Living Weapon is a love song to the imagination, a new blade of light honed in on our political moment. A winged man plummets from the troposphere; four NYPD officers enter a cellphone store; concrete sidewalks hang overhead. Here, in his third collection of poems, Phillips offers us ruminations on violins and violence, on hatred, on turning forty-three, even on the end of existence itself. Living Weapon reveals to us the limitations of our vocabulary, that our platitudes are not enough for the brutal times in which we find ourselves. But still, our lives go on, and these are poems of survival as much as they are an indictment. Couched in language both wry and ample, Living Weapon is a piercing addition from a “virtuoso poetic voice” (Granta).

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of the books of poems The Ground (FSG, 2012), Heaven (FSG, 2015), and most recently, Living Weapon (FSG, 2020); as well as the essay collections The Circuit and When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness. His many awards include a Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Osterweil Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, and the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award. He lives in New York City and Barcelona.

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.

Living Weapon: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374191993
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 18th, 2020