Lit: Versus Book Release and Reception

Two local literary minds have coalesced for the release of Versus, a two-pronged collection of poems featuring Nick Barrow’s The Rabbit Punch Defense and Mark Flanigan’s Journeyman’s Lament. Bar

click to enlarge Authors Mark Flanigan and Nick Barrows
Authors Mark Flanigan and Nick Barrows

Two local literary minds have coalesced for the release of Versus, a two-pronged collection of poems featuring Nick Barrow’s The Rabbit Punch Defense and Mark Flanigan’s Journeyman’s Lament. Barrows, a musician and former member of band Eagle to Squirrel, pens lyrics and poems intensely self-reflective and rattling; Flanigan, a CityBeat contributor and noted storyteller, writes with a scathing voice that’s often self-deprecating, but never without a hopeful undertone. The combination of the two marks a prodding of humanity and the human psyche that is sometimes dark, sometimes ethereal and sometimes humorous. It debuts Final Friday with a reception and live readings from the two authors; a second debut event will be held Dec. 28 at The Comet in Northside. See aurorepress.com for more details about Versus. 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. MICA 12/v, 1201 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine.

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