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I Will Destroy You

Poems
Nick Flynn
                  Here’s
the deal—if you die
 
then I will be able
to drink again & no
 
one alive will even
blame me—this,
 
child, is
the dark wind in-
 
side, but not
the darkest.
 
—from “Text to be Whispered by the Bed of a Sleeping Child”
 
 
Beginning with a poem called “Confessional” and ending with a poem titled “Saint Augustine,” I Will Destroy You interrogates the potential of art to be redemptive, to remake and reform. But first the maker of art must claim responsibility for his past, his actions, his propensity to destroy others and himself. “Begin by descending,” Augustine says, and the poems delve into the deepest, most defeating parts of the self: addiction, temptation, infidelity, and repressed memory. These are poems of profound self-scrutiny and lyric intensity, jagged and probing. I Will Destroy You is an honest accounting of all that love must transcend and what we must risk for its truth.
 

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$16.00
ISBN
978-1-64445-002-4
Format
Paperback
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Pages
96
Trim Size
6 x 9
The newest collection from Nick Flynn, whose “songs of experience hum with immediacy” (The New York Times)

About the Author

Nick  Flynn
Credit: Geordie Wood
Nick Flynn is the author of four poetry books, including My Feelings and Some Ether, which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and three memoirs, including Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. He teaches at the University of Houston and lives in New York.

http://www.nickflynn.org/
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Graywolf at 45: Poetry reading co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation

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A poetry reading featuring Nick Flynn (I Will Destroy You), Carmen Giménez Smith (Be Recorder), Erika L. Sánchez (Lessons on Expulsion), Diane Seuss (Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl), and Tom Sleigh (House of Fact, House of Ruin). Co-sponsored by and hosted at the Poetry Foundation.

Free and open to the public, with reception to follow.

Praise

  • “To read these poems is to reach in and touch the scar, the feigned wound, put trust in what may, at any moment, show its teeth, bite, transmogrify into dissolution, deception, destruction and, yes, love.’”—Nuar Alsadir 
     
     
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