[03/08/2022] Virgil Kills: Stories by Ronaldo V. Wilson
Nightboat Books, paperback
Publication Date: March 8, 2022
Publisher Marketing: Linked stories alighting from a US, Black and Filipino imaginary through a central character, Virgil, and his accounts of race, sex, and desire.
Virgil kills forms, manifesting a set of poetic investigations—revealing black and brown life, memory, dreams, the sea, the sex-act, the line. Virgil travels in theaters and lots: Manhattan, Guam, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Berlin, Iloilo, Provincetown, Millington, San Francisco, Long Island, Western Mass. Virgil moves against class, whiteness, on stages, at lecterns, in studios, and a luxury vehicle. Virgil records in the sensorium of cruising lovers, real love, family, T.V., characters—“Butch,” “Stream,” “Clean”—his precise unfurling.