A chapbook-length poem in sections, Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike was released by Bull City Press on May 4, 2015!
“In her latest collection, the fiercely gifted Emilia Phillips offers a breviary of film noir koans (‘public cases’) that interrogate, singly and collectively, what John Keats called the ‘vale of soul-making.’ Each key- or peep-hole-shaped lyric presents a riddle, a ‘scene,’ in and across which a fluid cast of characters (the vagrant, a child, the citizen, the lover, the diplomat, the mannequin, the archaeologist, the parade, the neighbors), including a host of animals (owl, snake, dog, cat, mice), appear and reappear in relation to recurring sites of possibility, most of them empty or dangerously inhabited—a metal chair, the crematory, a dairy, a heap of snow, a discarded tire, musical instruments, mouths, an abandoned house, a frozen pond. By playing with the discourse and tropes of clues, proofs, and evidence, Phillips remains true to the ineffability that haunts the crux of the body/soul mystery.”
—Lisa Russ Spaar
“In this collection, Emilia Phillips speaks with stunning eloquence for the mute and inanimate; with her singular lyric power reveals the dream-life of objects and travails of animal-souls. Strange, disquieting and wonderful.”