Living Weapon

Living Weapon

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Synopsis

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).

Book information

ISBN: 9780571366279
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Pub date:
DEWEY: 811.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 110g
Height: 130mm
Width: 195mm
Spine width: 12mm