WATCH: Roger Reeves and A. Van Jordan on the Evolving Vitality of Verse
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In Best Barbarian, his second collection, Whiting Award-winning poet Roger Reeves probes the apocalypses and raptures of humanity—climate change, anti-Black racism, familial and erotic love, ecstasy and loss. These poems roam across the literary and social landscape, visiting with Beowulf’s Grendel and the jazz musician Alice Coltrane, reckoning with immigration at the US-Mexico border and thinking through the fraught beauty of the moon on a summer night after the police have killed a Black man.
Reeves joins us virtually in conversation with award-winning poet A. Van Jordan (Rise) to share from this gleaming collection and discuss the evergreen and evolving vitality of verse.
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