Circumstances Beyond Our Control: Poems - Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction (Hardback)
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Circumstances Beyond Our Control: Poems - Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction (Hardback)

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Hardback 88 Pages / Published: 16/02/2006
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Robert Phillips is a prominent member of America's neglected "transition generation" of poets-those born in the late 1930s and early 1940s. His work has been included in many anthologies and textbooks. He gathers for his seventh full-length collection his best poems of the past six years, from dramatic monologues to personal lyrics. While most are free-verse, there are also sonnets, a villanelle, a ballade, an abecedarian, found poems, prose poems, haiku, and clerihews. Divided into three sections-"Fire and Obsession," "A Little Light Music," and "Rituals"-this new volume reveals Phillips's playfulness and good humor, his high intelligence, and his musicality.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801883767
Number of pages: 88
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 229 x 140 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Phillips is a skillful poet of occasions, imitations, and pastiche, all offered up with a serious yet insouciant expression of 'I'll try this, too.' * Hudson Review *
A high-spirited mix of playfulness, memory and social observation. -- Fritz Lanham * Houston Chronicle *
Clear, direct, accessible, and frequently very funny, Robert Phillips' poems should be better known. -- Peter Schmitt * Sun-Sentinel *
An originally and consistently entertaining poet. Robert Phillips's plainspoken eloquence provides a tonic for readers who find that much contemporary poetry has little to say to them. * Review of Texas Books *
Whether admiring Phillips's exceptional craftsmanship, enjoying the humor that infiltrates even his most serious poems, or warming to the deep humaneness of his spirit, a reader feels at home in this collection, and in good company. * Phi Kappa Phi Forum *
Patients and Healers in the High Roman Empire is extremely readable, and I would recommend it most particularly to anyone seeking a brief introduction to several of the key debates in medical history for the period: the notion of the medical marketplace; the dichotomy (or, rather, absence thereof) between temple and secular medicine; the links between the spread of empire and that of physicians, medical ideas, and pharmacological ingredients. * Isis *
Martyrs Mirror has shaped the Anabaptist tradition more powerfully than any book besides the Bible... Like its subject material, Weaver-Zercher's book is both ambitious and impressive. It constitutes an overview-in-miniature of Anabaptist history. Weaver-Zercher's book is the invaluable latest entry in this ongoing and highly contested debate. Just as some ministers recommend that van Braght's text grace every household, Martyrs Mirror: A Social History belongs in the repertoire of all historically minded Anabaptists, a mirror from our troubled past onto this uncertain present. * Mennonite World Review *

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