Poetry. The product of years of investigation and husbandry, Phil Cordelli's MANUAL OF WOODY PLANTS is a field guide to the workings of memory and perception within the creeping and ebbing of the natural world. The poems, each named for a type of North American flora, move with a light precision through the myriad intricacies and immensities that combine to form each human ecosystem—and explore how these systems blend from one person to the next.
Anne Shaw @ LA Review
Phil Cordelli is or has been a poet, editor, translator (amateur), filmmaker, painter, farmer, gardener, teacher, carpet cleaner, dishwasher, waiter, surveyor (one who passes out surveys), Marine (by mistake), marine biologist (also by mistake), courier, activist (for one day), and probably a few other things along the way. He currently resides in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. He is the author of New Wave (Blazevox e-book, 2008); Book of Letters/Book of Numbers (Agnes Fox, 2010); and is, along with Brandon Shimoda, The Pines. Author City: DENVER, CO USA