Coming soon from Diode Editions, Hemlock, a chapbook collection by Emilia Phillips.
Hemlock, a chapbook chronicling a lonely summer lost to the brain’s raucous shouting, swings wildly between anxiety and joy, juggling questions and proclamations alike about god, the body, and gender-unrestrictive desire. Self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating all at once, the speaker here declares that “Yes, I belong to my excesses” but that the “body is // a mixed metaphor,” one that expands and contracts with one’s mental state, connecting to the world and retreating from it.
EMILIA PHILLIPS is the author of three poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, most recently Empty Clip (2018), and four chapbooks, including the forthcoming Hemlock (Diode Editions, 2019). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Hemlock is forthcoming in March 2019. Until then, follow Emilia's blog Ears Roaring with Many Things: A Creative Writing Teaching Blog, read her new poems online below, and visit her website emiliaphillips.com.
“Heavy (After Hieu Minh Nguyen),” Tongue | January 2018
“Butterfly-Shaped Organ,” Radar Poetry | January 2018
“Believe It Or Not I Started To Worry,” The Shallow Ends | November 2017
“‘You Should Write a Poem About That,’ They Say,” The Cincinnati Review | September 2017
“Pathetic Fallacy,” Poem-a-Day from the Academy of American Poets | July 2017
“Age of Beauty,” Poem-a-Day from the Academy of American Poets | January 2017