San Francisco, CA, USA: Fourteen Hills (2015)

Phillip Barron
University of Connecticut
What Comes from a Thing is the first collection of poetry from philosopher Phillip Barron. It won the 2015 Michael Rubin Book Award from Fourteen Hills Press. This volume takes as its subjects presence and absence after the death of manufacturing and the disintegration of the working class under twenty-first century capitalism. These poems embody the sounds and rhythms of factories, industrial farmlands, and ports of late modernity. Whether rural or urban, the places—like the aesthetics—of these poems have survived the shift to a post-industrial economy and merit deep attention for the role they play in constructing the materiality and ideal of our daily experiences. The book resides in this very tension between idealism and materialism, where “we manufacture footnotes now, echoes of all else/that we have forgotten/how to make.”
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