by Emilia Phillips


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Signaletics by Emilia Phillips

Signaletics pits the measured against the immeasurable, the body against identity, and the political against the personal. With a defunct nineteenth-century body measurement system of criminal identification as a foundation, the poems move in and out of history, only to arrive at the immediate voice of a speaker, distraught about the death of a child brother, the removal of a father, and the estrangement of the personal with the politics of her country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937378547
Publisher: University of Akron Press, The
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: Akron Series in Poetry Series
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Emilia Phillips was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her poetry has appears in AGNI, Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Subject in the Position of the Soldier with No Arms 1


Teratoma 5

Vanitas (Latent Print) 7

Entra Tutto 8

Latent Print 12

Triptych: Automata 14

Bertillonage Fragment, I: Taille 17

Blues Dream 19


Diaspora 23

Cross Section 26

The Study Heads 28

Bertillonage Fragment, II: Buste 37

Sublimation 38

Ghost Sonnet 44


In vacuo, Universal Studios 47

The Speech of Monkeys 50

Post 52

The Ear: General Form & Separation of the Internal Windings 54

Bertillonage Fragment, III: Longueur de la tête & Largeur de la tête 61

Latent Print: Interrogation Helix 62

Cuspis 63


Ars Poetica (Latent Print) 67

Latent Print: Indicia 68

Skin Mags 70

Niedecker's Iron 72

Reading Joyce on U.S. Flight 2309 73

Bertillonage Fragment, IV: Oreille droite 75

Latent Print: Pale Suits 76

Mourner with Cowl, Hands in His Sleeves 78

Notes 83

Acknowledgments 85

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