Embouchure is at turns self-deprecatory and self-revelatory as it trumpets about the speaker’s closeted crushes on women and her eventual embrace of queerness. The book’s disarming joy is cut with challenges to toxic masculinity, making this mock-confessionalism brassy as it is vulnerable.
About the Author
Emilia Phillips (she/they) is the author of four poetry collections from the University of Akron Press and four chapbooks. Winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and a 2019–2020 NC Arts Council Fellowship, Phillips’s poems, lyric essays, and book reviews appear widely in literary publications including Agni, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s a faculty member of the MFA Writing Program and Department of English and cross-listed faculty with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at UNC Greensboro.
Publisher’s Weekly starred review: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-62922-208-0