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A Heart With No Scars, $13, Nomadic Press, 2015
In his debut chapbook-length collection of poetry, A Heart of No Scars, Brennan DeFrisco examines change and the spectrum of lenses through which we view it.
What People Are Saying
Brennan DeFrisco is one of my favorite up-and-coming performance poets. A Heart With No Scars is a fantastic look into the fire he brings to the stage. ‘Empty Glass’ feels like good whiskey after the last bad day of a terrible week.– Tim “Toaster” Henderson, Poet, Write Bloody Press
“The first line in this collection, ‘Descend at your own risk,’” should stand as a warning. Prepare to fall in love, into mourning, mourn with the poet a city transforming and displacing, mourn the distance between frIends and lovers, imagine a future lover’s apocalyptic kiss. Brennan DeFrisco is a romantic and a realist all at once. Step with caution and don’t say you haven’t been warned.”– Cassandra Dallett, author of Wet Reckless (2014), Bad Sandy (2015), and On Sunday, a Finch (2015)
The End Comes, Selected as a Finalist by Dorianne Laux for The San Jose Poetry Center’s annual Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize
Read California Poets in the Schools write-up of CPITS Contra Costra Area Coordinator Brennan DeFrisco’s work being selected by Marilyn Chin for the 2019 Red Wheelbarrow Prize.
A Heart With No Scars (Nomadic Press, 2015), Runner-Up for the Drake University Emerging Writers Award
Exquisite Duet (with Allie Marini), JMWW
How A Bridge Is Built, Collective Unrest
Watch Brennan perform How A Bridge Is Built for The Show!
Steph, Bold City Lit Issue #3 (Defunct)
Stung, The Gambler (Defunct)
Produce, Gemini Magazine, Honorable Mention 2016 Poetry Open
Watch Produce performed on the final stage at the 2015 National Poetry Slam and recorded for The Show!
A List of Unreliable Narrators, Drunk in A Midnight Choir
Holes, Words Dance (Defunct, archived)