Compass

Compass

by Luc Phinney

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ISBN-13: 9781612480961
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Winner of the 2013 T. S. Eliot Prize for this book, Luc Phinney has worked as a carpenter, contractor, site engineer, landscape architect, poetry lecturer, and park worker. His designs for buildings and landscapes have been completed in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Wyoming. While living in Montana he designed and built, with his architect-wife, a house made from the boles of firs, steel, and travertine. This is his first book of poems.

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Dave Smith

Luc Phinney's first collection of poems, Compass, has the savvy of a man who understands landscapes in all their dimensions. He feels the stories in place and along the ground; his poems have blood and bulk and the delicacy of a sweeping wind. Compass is an original thing and I am sure readers will welcome this herald of a fine new poet on the scene. --Dave Smith

Sharod Santos

Luc Phinney recalls the ancient notion of poet as maker, for Compass possesses the imagistic substance, auditory sway and verbal materiality of a made thing. Each poem is like an architectural structure whose lines have been measured, leveled and hammered into place, yet for all the hard labor that went into their making, their interior spaces are filled with the spirit of human affection. As tender and open-hearted as it is determined, as intimate and adoring as it is dramatic, Compass forms a wonderfully accomplished addition to contemporary American poetry. --Sherod Santos, 2013 T. S. Eliot Prize judge

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