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Living Weapon

Living Weapon

ISBN
9780571366279
Published
21/01/2021
9780571366279
Format
Paperback
Price
£10.99
Paperback
80

About the Book

POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION

Living Weapon
is a love song to the imagination, a new blade of light homing in on our political moment. A winged man plummets from the troposphere, four police officers enter a phone store, concrete pavements hang overhead. Phillips ruminates on violins and violence, on hatred and pleasure, on turning forty-three, even on the end of existence itself. His poetry reveals the limitations of our vocabulary, showing that our platitudes are inadequate to the brutal times we find ourselves in. And yet, through interrogation of allegory and symbol, names and things, time and musicality, a language of grace and urgency is found. For still our lives go on, and these are poems of survival as much as indictment. Living Weapon is a piercing, flaring collection from ‘a virtuoso poetic voice’ (Granta).

POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATIONLiving Weapon is a love song to the imagination, a new blade of light homing in on our political moment. A winged man plummets from the troposphere, four police officers enter a phone store, concrete pavements hang overhead. Phillips ruminates on violins and violence, on hatred and pleasure, on turning forty-three, even on the end of existence itself. His poetry reveals the limitations of our vocabulary, showing that our platitudes are inadequate to the brutal times we find ourselves in. And yet, through interrogation of allegory and symbol, names and things, time and musicality, a language of grace and urgency is found. For still our lives go on, and these are poems of survival as much as indictment. Living Weapon is a piercing, flaring collection from ‘a virtuoso poetic voice’ (Granta).
  • Rowan Ricardo Phillips

    Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of two books of poems (Heaven and The Ground) and two essay collections (The Circuit and When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness). As well as being a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize, his awards include a Whiting Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing and the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award. Phillips lives in New York City and Barcelona.

“Living Weapon is a book that is both timeless and absolutely of its time. Subtle yet explicit, supple in its range of registers and fields of enquiry, it is full of moments of alluring and sensuous detail.”
- Karen McCarthy Woolf, Poetry Review
“These poems of “song and pain” announce a bold new talent.”
- David Wheatley, Guardian