I Will Destroy You: Poems
Graywolf Press, 2019
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The newest collection from Nick Flynn, whose songs of experience hum with immediacy (The New York Times)
Beginning with a poem called Confessional and ending with a poem titled Saint Augustine, Nick Flynn's 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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The PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry