Poetry. "Philip Arnold's wonderful collection of poems, THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A BLADE, is set in and inspired by the North Carolina Mountains. In it exists the luminous intersection between the earth the speaker treads and a vanished world he longs for. This is a contemplative volume: hushed, solemn as vespers, yet jubilant with 'the tossed / and restless earth, pouring out / its life through the difficult / and miraculous growth.' Arnold reckons this mysterious earth, parsed out in splendid language, and reimagines it as his holy plat of remembrance."—Joseph Bathanti
Philip Arnold has lived a life in the long shadows cast by the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He holds a BA and MA in English Literature from Appalachian State University. His poems have appeared in Rattle, The Iowa Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, Caf� Review and Sequestrum. His poetry has received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. His creative non-fiction has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, The Olive Press and apt, from which his piece, "Stereoscopic Paris," was selected as a notable essay in the Best American Essays series.
Author City: NEW ALBANY, OH USA