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A masterful debut from a powerfully original poetic voice

A poignant and terse vision of New York City unfolds in Rowan Ricardo Phillipss debut book of poetry. A work of rare beauty and grace, The Ground is an entire world, drawn and revealed through contemplation of the post-9/11 landscape. With musicality and precision of thought, Phillipss poems limn the troubadours 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 selfs development in the sensuous world, and--in both a literal and a figurative sense--the end of all things sing through Phillipss supple and idiosyncratic poems. The poets 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 Phillipss meditations on our connection to and estrangement from the natural world.

About the Author

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness and has also translated the poetry and prose of many Catalan-language writers. He lives in New York City and Barcelona.

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Phillips, Rowan Ricardo
Farrar Straus Giroux
Poetry/African American
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8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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