A Better Place Is Hard to Find by Aaron Fagan
Revealing the profusion of life “Where silence / And all possible / Outcomes bathe // In simultaneity,” the poems in Aaron Fagan’s astonishing third collection, A Better Place Is Hard to Find, carefully tune their lines, breaks, and turns of phrase to the acoustics of the author's lived experience. A master of giving shape to thought, Fagan's absorbing poems about love, relationships, philosophy, and his personal history reveal the intimate function poetry can hold in the course of examining one's life.
"Aaron Fagan's A Better Place Is Hard to Find contains some of the finest poems I've read in years. At once fluid, blistering, and visionary, Fagan's poems are marvels that I admire for their beauty, their craft, and their fearlessness in the search for truth. What a poet!" -Rowan Ricardo Phillips
"Aaron Fagan’s marvelous A Better Place is Hard to Find revels in ideas without being at all intellectualized. Rather, he takes pleasure in the sheer feel of them as they unfold in long, sinuous sentences, a pleasure the reader shares, even though the poems are not so much addressed to a reader as overheard by one. His poetry feels like it flows on endlessly, “Full of what we did or didn’t do, said/Or didn’t say, but it comes and goes,/(Like all things clear) like nothing clear.” -John Koethe
“Witty, inventive, surprising, uplifting, but also drawn to probe the darker recesses of the human psyche, the poems collected here reveal Aaron Fagan at his most compelling. This volume will surely enhance his status as one of the brightest stars in the American poetic firmament.” -Mark Ford
Aaron Fagan was born in Rochester, New York, in 1973 and educated at Hampshire College and Syracuse University. He has published two previous collections of poetry, Garage (Salt, 2007) and Echo Train (Salt, 2010), and is a poetry editor for Music & Literature.