Writer-in-Residence for Roosevelt’s MFA program, poet, and essayist, Kathleen Rooney is proud to announce the release of her latest novel in poems, Robinson Alone, out now from Gold Wake Press! The project is based on the life and work of Weldon Kees, and has been ten years in the making. Join me in congratulating Kathleen Rooney!
About the book:
The Nebraska-born poet, painter, critic, and musician Weldon Kees traced a brief, bright path through midcentury America before vanishing in 1955, an apparent suicide. Among the poems he left behind are a particularly unsettling four that feature the mysterious Robinson: both a prototypical member of the smart set—masking his desperation with urbane savoir-faire—and an alter ego for the troubled Kees himself.
In Robinson Alone, Kathleen Rooney performs a bold act of literary mediumship, conjuring Kees through his borrowed character to sketch his restless journey across locales and milieus—New York, San Francisco, the highways between—and to evoke his ambitions, his frustrations, and his skewed humor. The product of a decade-long engagement with Kees and his work, this novel in poems is not only a portrait of an under-appreciated genius and his era, but also a beam flashed into haunted boiler-rooms that still fire the American spirit, rooms where energy and optimism are burnt down to ash.
Kathleen will be giving several readings throughout the Chicagoland area. The launch reading (with Hannah Gamble) will be held at Women&Children First on Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm, and/or at Frugal Muse (my favorite bookstore in the suburbs) on Friday, November 9 at 7pm. For a complete list of readings, click here.
Congrats to Kathleen on her success!