Tag: Arthur Phillips

  • Spring Arts Guide: 10 Semi-Erudite Choices for Spring Literature

    Illuminations By Arthur Rimbaud, translated by John Ashbery, April Did you write poetry in college? Bet you weren’t no Rimbaud. In 1876, the 21-year-old who made enfants terrible turned out his masterpiece, Illuminations—42 of those newfangled (at the time) prose poems, and two others in an obscure style called “free verse,” a Symbolist explosion that […]

  • Tut, Tut!

    Herodotus got around rather a lot for a fellow who lived some 2,500 years before last-minute airfare deals. In his Histories, he wrote that “in the world besides are not to be seen so many things of unspeakable greatness” as in Egypt. Arthur Phillips’s sophomore effort (following 2003’s Prague) is not a thing of unspeakable […]