I Will Destroy You: Poems

I Will Destroy You: Poems

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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.

Title:I Will Destroy You: Poems
ISBN:9781644450024
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  • Julie Ehlers

    Here's the deal—if you diethen I will be able todrink again & noone alive will evenblame me—this,child, is the dark wind in-side, but notthe darkest ...—From "Poem to Be Whispered by the Bedside...

  • jeremy

    full of ruefulness, remorse, ruin, regret, rawness, and reflection, the forty-four poems that make up nick flynn's latest collection, i will destroy you, find the poet/memoirist expounding ever furthe...

  • Kathleen

    NOW Tomorrow, orthe day after, I'll press mymouth to your scar & runmy tongue along itso I can taste how you were onceopened, so I can know whereyou never closed....

  • Zach

    Yes, Nick Flynn, you will. You did. You will always. America's greatest living poet....

  • Sarah Katz

    I Will Destroy You is the modernized retelling of Icarus—except that, after the speaker’s fall, its protagonist is resurrected. In the opening poem, “Confessional,” he lays himself bare to the...

  • Deniss

    3.5...

  • Curtis

    4.5 Stars After reading the fourth poem in this book, Poem to be whispered by the bedside of a sleeping child I closed the book for a moment and audibly said, "damn." I Will Destroy You will feel fami...

  • C

    Maybe closer to 4 stars but when I began reading it the one-two punch of "Balcony" followed by "Poem to be Whispered by the Bedside of a Sleeping Child" took my breath away with such force that I said...

  • Lauren

    My version of coping with absurdly horrifying news includes reading poetry. This collection was pretty terrific....

  • Courtney LeBlanc

    I liked this collection of poems by Nick Flynn -- I'm not sure anything will ever top Some Ether, his first book of poetry. This collection talks about love and fidelity, alcoholism, his mother's deat...