Boy with Thorn

Boy with Thorn

by Rickey Laurentiis


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Winner of the 2016 Levis Reading Prize
Winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize
Finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award
Rickey Luarentiis is a winner of a 2018 Whiting Writers Prize

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 himself—confessing a double song of pleasure and inevitable pain.

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ISBN-13: 9780822963813
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 1,160,762
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Rickey Laurentiis, winner of a 2018 Whiting Award,  is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, is 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. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Fence, Kenyon Review, New England Review, New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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