05/08/2013

The ballistics of fear: proximity,
angle. A lash falls unnoticed

by body & bullet that rides out as a peace      party,
root of ambush.

AUTHOR'S NOTE:

After watching a lot of David Lynch movies recently, I’m reminded how important scope is for images. Poems need more tension like that created by the longshot and zoom in; closeness often makes the most familiar objects, like the eyelash, seem alien.

BIO:

Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron, 2013) and two chapbooks. Her poetry appears in AGNI, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, The Paris-American, and elsewhere. She teaches poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University and works with Blackbird, 32 Poems, and C&R Press.
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