by Emilia Phillips

Pages: 82

Size: 6 x 9

SKU: 978-1-629220-34-5 Category: Tag:


Groundspeed moves and doesn’t stop moving. From pastorals on American highways to self-reckonings after a cancer diagnosis to examinations on grief and transience after the death of a brother, this collection of poems asks readers not only to size up threats but anxieties. Phillips witnesses a small plane crash and examines roadside attractions. They reckon with sexuality after a partner asks for a threesome, and renders a candid portrait of a nude, post-surgery body in a mirror. In this raw and personal book, Phillips insists upon one’s own preservation through and beyond grief and trauma with the warning “creation is only // myth; destruction narrative.”

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About the author

Emilia Phillips is the author of two other poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed(2016), and three chapbooks. Their poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including AgniBoston ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and elsewhere. They’re an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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memory; loss; aircraft crash; accident; grief; transient spaces; dysfunctional families

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