Breakdown Lane: Poems

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Over the past two decades Robert Phillips has built a reputation as one of the outstanding American poets of his generation. Now, in his fifth full collection of verse, that reputation is both confirmed and consolidated. These are thoughtful, substantive poems that may make the reader smile - and reflect. There are autobiographical poems about the poet's childhood, elegies for the recent dead in American arts, extended metaphors on suburban existence, and a long section of poems in which the poet courts, wins, ...
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Overview

Over the past two decades Robert Phillips has built a reputation as one of the outstanding American poets of his generation. Now, in his fifth full collection of verse, that reputation is both confirmed and consolidated. These are thoughtful, substantive poems that may make the reader smile - and reflect. There are autobiographical poems about the poet's childhood, elegies for the recent dead in American arts, extended metaphors on suburban existence, and a long section of poems in which the poet courts, wins, then loses the Muse. Both in voice and performance, Breakdown Lane is a thoroughly consistent and engaging volume.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801848551
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Series: Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction Ser.
  • Pages: 67
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Face to Face 3
Whereabouts 5
Easy Street 6
Genius 7
On a Drawing by Glen Baxter 8
After the Fact: To Ted Bundy 9
On Finding a Former Lover Cut All Dedications to Me from Her Selected Poems 12
Breakdown Lane 13
The Married Man 15
Hardwood 19
The Embodiment 20
In Concert 21
Suburban Interior 22
Happiness 23
Letter from the Country 24
Terminal 25
The Matched Pair 26
The Cutting 27
Wish You Were Here 28
Memorial Day 29
Despair 30
Ghost Story 31
The Stone Crab: A Love Poem 32
Baltimore & Ohio R.R. 35
The Hole 37
The Ride 38
Carving 39
Walnuts 40
Piano Lessons 41
Young Artist 42
No Consolation 43
Scouting Days 45
The Black Swan at Schloss Benrath 47
Souvenirs 48
Five Bucolics 49
Avant-Garde Music Comes to America 55
Colonial Crime 57
"Drive Friendly" 58
Paradise 60
Casualties 61
A Little Elegy for Howard Moss 62
Elegy for an Art Critic 63
Flower Fires 66
Acknowledgements 67
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2001

    good collection of poems

    Breakdown Lane is one of the latest collections of poems by Robert Phillips (as far as i know, only the awesome _Spinach Days_ has followed). While not as good as spinach days, breakdown lane is a worthy collection. It starts with 'Face to Face' which is what i feel is Phillips' best poem. The collection is divided into four sections, and only section 2, full of those poems about lost love, is weak.

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