In The Blood


Winner of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize

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Winner of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The publication of this volume introduces an unusually accomplished and innovative poet. The collection includes painterly poems, love poems, poems spun off of Greek mythology and Christian iconography, but at all times the work remains contemporary and strikingly self-assured. In ``Luncheon on the Grass,'' for example, the speaker ruminates in precise, idiomatic and witty language on the awkward position of the nude woman in Manet's painting. The real surprise comes as the speaker continues: ``Now, in a comparable state of outdoor / undress, I'm beginning to have a fair idea / of what's going on in that scene. . . .'' By employing an unusual perspective, Phillips thus opens the material up in both perverse and fascinating ways. This technique governs the entire text; it lends intellectual strength to the work and allows Phillips to examine complicated and contradictory issues. In one of the most moving poems Phillips compares ``the Famous Black Poet'' to his father: `` . . . his is the same unnervingly slow / rambling method of getting from A to B . . . '' Phillips has developed his own painful but luminous method for traveling that trajectory, and it will be most interesting to see where it takes him from here. (Nov.)
Selected and introduced by Rachel Hadas. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555531355
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/1992
  • Series: Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize
  • Pages: 69
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

X 3
Passing 5
Life Lessons from Art 7
Mix 8
Still Life: Treadmill with Mirror 9
Film Noir 10
On Being Asked to Recall the Annunciation 12
Elegy 13
On the Notion of Tenderness in Wartime 14
With Love for the Night Patrol 15
Africa Says 17
Sect. VIII 19
Sappho and the Camera 21
From the Sun's Tower 22
Going Under 23
Leda, After the Swan 27
Birdland 28
Goods 30
Loving the Town Planner 31
Luncheon on the Grass 33
Badlands 35
The Conditioning Trick: Home Method 36
Undressing for Li Po 38
The Glade 40
Conversion 43
holy holy 45
Memories of the Revival 47
Fra Lippo Lippi and the Vision of Henley 49
Visitation 50
Design for the Lost Corsair 51
Death of the Sibyl 52
evangels 55
Miserere 57
The Arsonist as Lover 58
For Chiron 60
The man were looking for 61
Passion 63
In the Jury Box 64
Fast 66
On Holy Ground 67
Blue 68
In the Blood, Winnowing 71
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