Award-winning essayist and poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips presents a bracing renewal of civic poetry in Living Weapon.
. . . and we’d do this again
And again and again, without ever
Knowing we were the weapon ourselves,
Stronger than steel, story, and hydrogen.
— from "Even Homer Nods"
A revelation, a shoring up, a transposition: Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s Living Weapon is a love song to the imagination, a new blade of light honed in on our political moment. A winged man plummets from the troposphere; four NYPD officers enter a cellphone store; concrete sidewalks hang overhead. Here, in his third collection of poems, Phillips offers us ruminations on violins and violence, on hatred, on turning forty-three, even on the end of existence itself. Living Weapon reveals to us the limitations of our vocabulary, that our platitudes are not enough for the brutal times in which we find ourselves. But still, our lives go on, and these are poems of survival as much as they are an indictment. Couched in language both wry and ample, Living Weapon is a piercing addition from a “virtuoso poetic voice” (Granta).
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About the Author
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of Heaven (FSG, 2015) and The Ground (FSG, 2012). He is the recipient of a a Whiting Writers' Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
The First Last Light in the Sky
Spiegel im Spiegel
The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet
Thoughts and Prayers
Night of the Election
Who Is Less Than a Vapor?
Eppur si muove
Tradition and the Individual Talent
A Tale of Two Cities
I. After a Lime on Ariapita Avenue
II. Hart and Abercromby Étude
III. Swimmers in the Caribbean on the Eve of a Referendum
Death and the City
Crisis on Infinite Earths
The Testament of Orpheus
Even Homer Nods
The Golden Hour
The Köln Concert
Étude on Man
The King of Things
Dark Matter Ode