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God with Revolver is the re-issue of Rene Ricard’s first volume of poetry, originally published in 1989 as part of the Hanuman Books series.

Dedicated to the dramatic experience of a heartbreak, this collection of poems, composed over several years, seems to be written in a single breath. With its raw sincerity and wit, God with Revolver is a vibrant testament to 1980s New York that still speaks to its readers in all its intensity, poignancy, and emotional vulnerability.

God with Revolver
Rene Ricard

Edited and translated into French by Manon Lutanie and Rachel Valinsky, from the original book, God with Revolver: Poems 1979–82, published by Hanuman Books (New York, 1989).

With an introduction by Raymond Foye and an afterword by Patrick Fox.

Design: Manon Lutanie.

Published in June 2022
Printed in Italy
1,500 copies
14 × 22,4 cm, 5 1/2 × 8 7/8 in., 224 pages
Bilingual edition (French, English)
ISBN: 978-2-918685-16-6
Prix: €22 + shipping costs

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Rene Ricard was an American writer, artist, and actor, born in 1946 in Acushnet, Massachusetts. After a troubled childhood, he fled to Boston as a teenager, where he came into contact with literary and artistic circles. At the age of eighteen, he moved to New York City and became a central figure in the city’s artistic and literary scene. Ricard appeared in several films by Andy Warhol and continued to act in many independent films throughout his life. In the 1980s, he wrote two major collections of poetry, as well as important essays and articles, some of which were instrumental in launching the careers of artists such as Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat (about whom he wrote the famous article ‟The Radiant Child” in Artforum in 1981). Beginning in the 1990s, he developed a pictorial body of work and exhibited his paintings in various galleries in the UK and the US. He died in New York in 2014.