Please join us in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. for a Scholarship@Villanova talk featuring James Matthew Wilson, PhD, assistant professor of literature, Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions. Dr. Wilson will be reading selections from his recently published collection of poems, entitled The Violent and the Fallen.
In Dr. Wilson’s second chapbook of poems, The Violent and the Fallen, we enter the lives of retail bankers, voluptuous lifeguards, alcoholic balloon vendors and “wiry and cavern-chested” cruisers killing time in the vacancies of the Midwest. We visit the dilapidated grandeur of post-industrial South Bend, those forgotten places “Far from the New Yorker,” along with the churches, bars, graveyards, vineyards, and encampments of a violent and fallen world. His book guides us through the violence of desire in search of those permanent things by means of which we may redeem and bring order to our lives.
One of the most wide-ranging and provocative cultural critics of his generation, and one of our most impassioned defenders of traditional verse forms, Dr. Wilson collects here twenty-one new poems at once severe and restrained, difficult and affecting.
Dr. Wilson is the author of Four Verse Letters (Steubenville UP, 2010), a chapbook of poems, and Timothy Steele: A Critical Introduction (Story Line Press, 2012). His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Modern Age, First Things, The Dark Horse, Chronicles, Measure, The American Conservative, Front Porch Republic and The Raintown Review.
This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the English department, is free and open to the public.