You Are the Phenomenology

You Are the Phenomenology

Juniper Prize for Poetry

by Timothy O'Keefe

Published by: University of Massachusetts Press

88 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.30 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781625343512
  • Published: February 2018


You Are the Phenomenology is a cross-genre book—a blend of poetry, songs, lyric prose, and invented forms—that explores the everyday junctures of perception, compassion, and multiplicity. How might our powers of association create shared experiences without distorting the contexts from which those experiences emerge?

One of the volume’s innovative forms is a poetic series called “Quadrilaterals”—four-line poems that present the reader with various ways to leap associative gaps:

Quadrilateral : Pinch in Your Heel
Soars the mackled sound, kites ago :
A Polish boy thinks with accordions, adopts a stammer :
When were we first older than we wanted to be :
That was our city, our chisel, the corbeil from which we ate.