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Vi Khi Nao MFA, author and poet, reads and discusses "Fish in Exile" and "The Old Philosopher"

  • Location: Brown University Bookstore
  • 244 Thayer St
  • Providence, RI 02912
  • Phone (401) 863-3168
  • Dates: November 1, 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: Free

"Here I was allowed to forget for a while that that is what books aspire to tell, so taken was I by more enthralling and mysterious pleasures." —Carole Maso on Fish in Exile

How do you bear the death of a child? With fishtanks and jellyfish burials, Persephone's pomegranate seeds, and affairs with the neighbors. Fish in Exile spins unimaginable loss through classical and magical tumblers, distorting our view so that we can see the contours of a parent's grief all the more clearly.

Winner of the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry, The Old Philosopher is enigmatic, sexual, biblical, anachronistic, political, and personal all at once. These quiet, implosive poems inhabit a nonlinear temporality in which Vi Khi Nao brings biblical time and political time together in the same poetic space, allowing current affairs to converse with a more ancient and historical reality.