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Living Weapon

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

The award-winning essayist and poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips presents a bracing renewal of civic poetry – his first publication in the UK.

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£10.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571366279
Date Published
21.01.2021
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Summary

POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION

Living Weapon ‘is in conversation with a vast cast of historic forebears who enliven Phillips’s examination of the meaning, morality and musicality of poetry, his ‘living weapon’. . . and he is an eloquent and persuasive converser.’ Kate Caoimhe Arthur, PN Review

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).

Critic Reviews

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
Critic Reviews

These poems of “song and pain” announce a bold new talent.

David Wheatley, Guardian
Critic Reviews

The poems here are expansive and curious, and they study contemporary life from the quotidian to the celestial. A perfect choice for the reader who wishes to be transported this summer.

Maria Crawford, FT, Summer Books
Critic Reviews

Living Weapon 'is in conversation with a vast cast of historic forebears who enliven Phillips’s examination of the meaning, morality and musicality of poetry, his ‘living weapon’. Wordsworth, Donne, Heaney, Elizabeth Bishop, Arvo Pärt, Orpheus and Milton all step in to commend, argue with or bear witness to Phillips’s meditations, and he is an eloquent and persuasive converser.'

Kate Caoimhe Arthur, PN Review
Rowan RicardoPhillips

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…

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