By Rowan Ricardo Phillips
A masterful debut from a powerfully unique poetic voice
A poignant and terse imaginative and prescient of latest York urban unfolds in Rowan Ricardo Phillips's debut booklet of poetry. a piece of infrequent good looks and lyric grace, The Ground is a complete international, drawn and printed via contemplation of the post-9/11 panorama. With musicality and precision of proposal, Phillips's poems limn the troubadour's trip in an more and more surreal glossy international ("I plugged my poem right into a manhole cover/That flamed into the 1st guitar"). The foundation of mankind, the foundation of the self, the self's improvement within the sensuous international, and––in either a literal and figurative sense––the finish of all issues sing via Phillips's supple and idiosyncratic poems. The poet's refined formal sophistication—somewhere among aptitude and restraint—and feel of lyric hazard compile the demanding glint of the modern international and the eroded permanence of the archaic one via remixes, underground classes, Spenserian stanzas, myths and made over translations. those are poems of fiery intelligence, inescapable track and metaphysical attractiveness that problem themselves with lived lifestyles and the lifetime of the imagination––both both brilliant and true––as they lay the framework for Phillips's meditations on our connection to and estrangement from the usual world.
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The Ground: Poems by Rowan Ricardo Phillips