by Philip Matthews


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Poems merge queer ecopoetics with religious disposition, speaking through a pantheon of mythic figures—from Jesus to Aphrodite—to commune or contend with reality. What emerges is a cumulative awareness of being a physical, energetic body in a fractured world, attempting to heal some part of it while exploring and embracing the gray areas of identity and ambiguity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948579087
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Philip Matthews is a poet from eastern North Carolina whose practice roots in site-specific meditation and performance. He is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Hemera Foundation, and the Wormfarm Institute, and his poems have appeared in Glass, High Chair, and Poetry Northwest, among other journals. He received his MFA Writing from Washington University in St. Louis.

Table of Contents

Deciduous 1

What Ran Brightness 2

Perhaps There's Something in This Bag for You 4

Petal Came Tumbling, Tumbling 8

Tarot 10

The Tranny Ballet 12

The Five Shades in Her Neck 19

The Priest and Warrior 20

The Morning Star 23

A New Function 24

How Grief Is Inscribed in a Lover's Intestinal Lining 25

Houseguest 26

Wooden Cradle in the Woods and Visitors 31

Made to Always Worship at One Station 34

Obedience and Possession 38

Jesus 39

Wicca 41

Oracular, Ocular 42

A Substitute 43

Election Day 44

Jesus 45

Crown and Crowning 46

The Holy Ghost 54

Late, Seasonal Shadow 59

A Catch 60

Bound to Them Gills 62

Reincarnation, Waiting for Someone to Speak 63

To the Benefit of No One 67

Jim and Eugene 69

Guard the Father

Having Been Beheaded in This Life by My Father Who Mistook Me for a Lover 73

All Parts of the Animal Used 74

Yoga, Flesh in a Hole's Constellation 76

Untitled 78

Wedding Day, Godliness 79

Too Cold for Singing 81

Tantra 82

Vessels for Light Stationed at Strategic Points 83

A Contribution 85

The Neck 89

The Block Horse 90

Her Carrion Weight 93

Acknowledgments 95

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