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Praise for "The Ground" "Remixing myths, poetic forms, and defining moments in imperial history, Phillips poses questions about will and desire, domination and mutuality, mortmain and futurity that can only be answered by the negative capability of poetic language . . . Drawing from a decade of publication, Phillips's "Ground" signals the arrival of a major voice that will not submit to its inheritance or mimic the integrity of any but itself." --Heather Treseler, "Harvard Review Online""Louis Zukofsky wrote that 'the test of poetry is the range of pleasure it affords as sight, sound, and intellectuion.' 'Tonight, ' the first poem in Rowan Ricardo Phillips's "The Ground," easily passes the test. Its range of pleasures is wide . . . Like great poems, great books of poetry also achieve a continual growth of meaning. But the third poem in "The Ground," the reader is aware that Phillips is engaged in the act of composing a "book" . . . Phillips's acute sense of the poet as an outsider--one who writes from what is essentially a position of critique--is an integral part of "The Ground." The book is grounded not only on a brilliant sense of what the art of American poetry is today, but also on dazzling, totally original combinations of language and form, geography and autobiography, history, myth, and religion . . . A truly extraordinary book, the best first book by an American poet I've read in years." --Lawrence Joseph, "Commonweal""More like beach stones than gems, these poems are elegant, elegiac, and perfectly formed. In them, the moon can bruise, a man can stand on sound, and even beginnings need cures. Phillips can seal the promise of a story into a single sentence ('For once, I slept and you watched.') and compress sentences into images ('Talking picture. Silent poem.') . . . The Ground is poetry at its most potent, itself a celebration of the genre." --Liv Lansdale, "Guernica" "This lyrical and richly allusive debut is in large pa --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of "When Blackness Rhymes""with Blackness" and has also translated the poetry and prose of many Catalan-language writers. He lives in New York City and Barcelona. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Luminous poetry 29 Nov. 2013
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A book of poems with wonderful imagery, memorable passages, and a sensibility that includes room for both tragedy and great humor. A work of beauty.
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