9th Ave: Brian Tierney with William Brewer, Randall Mann, and Noah Warren

Friday, February 11, 2022 - 7:00pm

The cover of Brian Tierney's Rise and Float. The background is a cornflower blue with three dark blue clouds water color painted on the front. The title and author name are in a large white serif font across the cover.
Join us on Friday, February 11 at 7pm PT when Brian Tierney celebrates his collection, Rise and Float, at 9th Ave!
Featuring fellow poets William Brewer, Randall Mann, and Noah Warren

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Praise for Rise and Float
“In these poems of turnpikes, water, and migraine light, filled with grief and life, the poet tells us it’s all right that ‘we don’t love / living.’ Here, precision is a form of metaphor, language a facet of experience; the poet writes with a kind of allusive purity and vulnerability—‘each thought a texture’—that I find moving. Rise and Float is that rare thing, a book of one striking poem after another. If I could write something as tender and nearly perfect as ‘You’re the One I Wanna Watch the Last Ships Go Down With’—a lightning strike, Randall Jarrell might have called it—then I’d consider giving up writing.”—Randall Mann

“If the job of the poet is to make our interiority knowable and known, then this book by Brian Tierney triumphs. In this magnificent debut, a poet arrives to us fully formed, and Tierney has found ways to transform the mundane into the mysterious, and the mysterious into the transcendent. Readers will be swept away by the rigors of syntax, the sparse and charged diction, and the voice of these worldly, humane, sophisticated poems.”—Mark Wunderlich

“Brian Tierney's Rise and Float is resonant with the desire for rapture and the never-easing reality of loss. How do we go on living, these poems seem to ask, bearing what we must bear? And in lines by turns dolorous and defiant, they answer: We watch, we remember, and we sing.”—Tracy K. Smith

About Rise and Float
Chosen by Randall Mann as a winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, Brian Tierney’s Rise and Float depicts the journey of a poet working—remarkably, miraculously—to make our most profound, private wounds visible on the page.

With the “corpse of Frost” under his heel, Tierney reckons with a life that resists poetic rendition. The transgenerational impact of mental illness, a struggle with disordered eating, a father’s death from cancer, the loss of loved ones to addiction and suicide—all of these compound to “month after / month” and “dream / after dream” of struck-through lines. Still, Tierney commands poetry’s cathartic potential through searing images: wallpaper peeling like “wrist skin when a grater slips,” a “laugh as good as a scream,” pears as hard as a tumor. These poems commune with their ghosts not to overcome, but to release.

The course of Rise and Float is not straightforward. Where one poem gently confesses to “trying, these days, to believe again / in people,” another concedes that “defeat / sometimes is defeat / without purpose.” Look: the chair is just a chair.” But therein lies the beauty of this collection: in the proximity (and occasional overlap) of these voices, we see something alluringly, openly human. Between a boy “torn open” by dogs and a suicide, “two beautiful teenagers are kissing.” Between screams, something intimate—hope, however difficult it may be.


Rise and Float: Poems By Brian Tierney Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315199
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Published: Milkweed Editions - February 8th, 2022

Chosen by Randall Mann as a winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, Brian Tierney's Rise and Float depicts the journey of a poet working--remarkably, miraculously--to make our most profound, private wounds visible on the page.

The Red Arrow: A novel By William Brewer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593320129
Published: Knopf - May 17th, 2022

When a once-promising young writer agrees to ghostwrite a famous physicist’s memoir, his livelihood is already in jeopardy: Plagued by debt, he’s grown distant from his wife and is haunted by an overwhelming sense of dread he describes as “The Mist.” Then, things get worse: The physicist vanishes, leaving everything in limbo, including our narrator’s sanity.

A Better Life: Poems By Randall Mann Cover Image
ISBN: 9780892555314
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Published: Persea - April 6th, 2021

From “a writer of breathtaking honesty” (David Ulin, LA Times), gorgeous new poems that are satirical, open-hearted, and unrepentantly queer.

The Complete Stories By Noah Warren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556596162
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 18th, 2021

The Complete Stories announces its desire and its lie in the title; this is a book of shatter and loss. In his second collection, Noah Warren--previously selected by Carl Phillips for the Yale Series of Younger Poets--unravels histories both personal and public, picking apart their ugliness, beauty, and irreducible singularity.

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