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Come join us at Johns Hopkins for an evening of poetry with Rickey Laurentiis, celebrating the collection Boy With Thorn.
In a landscape at once the brutal American South as it is the brutal mind, Boy with Thorn interrogates the genesis of all poetic creation—the imagination itself, questioning what role it plays in both our fascinations with and repulsion from a national history of racial and sexual violence. The personal and political crash into one language here, gothic as it is supple, meditating on visual art and myth, to desire, the practice of lynching and Hurricane Katrina. Always at its center, though, is the poet themself—confessing a double song of pleasure and inevitable pain.
Rickey Laurentiis, is the winner of the 2018 Whiting Award for Poetry. They is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, as well as fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington University in St. Louis. Their poems appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Fence, Kenyon Review, New England Review, New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, they currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
TIME & DATE
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 5:00pm