Ground Poems

ISBN-10: 0374533849
ISBN-13: 9780374533847
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Description: A masterful debut from a powerfully original poetic voiceA poignant and terse vision of New York City unfolds in Rowan Ricardo Phillips's debut book of poetry. A work of rare beauty and lyric grace, The Ground is an entire world, drawn and revealed  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 6/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

A masterful debut from a powerfully original poetic voiceA poignant and terse vision of New York City unfolds in Rowan Ricardo Phillips's debut book of poetry. A work of rare beauty and lyric grace, The Ground is an entire world, drawn and revealed through contemplation of the post-9/11 landscape. With musicality and precision of thought, Phillips's poems limn the troubadour's journey in an increasingly surreal modern world ( "I plugged my poem into a manhole cover/That flamed into the first guitar" ). The origin of mankind, the origin of the self, the self's development in the sensuous world, and - - in both a literal and figurative sense - - the end of all things sing through Phillips's supple and idiosyncratic poems. The poet's subtle formal sophistication - somewhere between flair and restraint - and sense of lyric possibility bring together the hard glint of the contemporary world and the eroded permanence of the archaic one through remixes, underground sessions, Spenserian stanzas, myths and revamped translations. These are poems of fiery intelligence, inescapable music and metaphysical splendor that concern themselves with lived life and the life of the imagination - - both equally vivid and true - - as they lay the framework for Phillips's meditations on our connection to and estrangement from the natural world.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips was born in New York City. He is the author of When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, as well as numerous essays, poems, and translations. He has taught at Harvard and Columbia , and is currently an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Poetry Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook University.

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