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Maya Phillips’ stunning debut collection Erou borrows the framework of the traditional Greek epic to interrogate the inner workings of a present-day nuclear family and the role of a patriarch whose life, marriage, and death are imagined as a sort of hero’s journey. Her poems move seamlessly between the worlds of the living and the dead, between myth and reality in a journey that raises its own Homeric question: What is home and how do we locate our place within that home? These are poems of passion and compassion in their reconciliation with what cannot be changed—but can be understood—by those who have been left behind.

ISBN-13: 9781945588389

Media Type: Paperback(1)

Publisher: Four Way Books

Publication Date: 09-03-2019

Pages: 124

Product Dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Series: Stahlecker Selections

Maya Phillips, born and raised in New York, is the author of the debut poetry collection Erou, published by Four Way Books in 2019, and the recipient of a Hodder Grant from Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Her second book, NERD: On Navigating Heroes, Magic, and Fandom in the 21st Century, is forthcoming in summer 2022 from Atria Books. Maya received her MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers and her BFA from Emerson College. Her poetry has appeared in At Length, BOAAT, The Gettysburg Review, Ghost Proposal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Vinyl, and more, and her arts & entertainment journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Vulture, Slate, Mashable, American Theatre, and more. Maya currently works at The New York Times and as a freelance writer. She lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

Augury 3

Erou i. 6

23 Madison Avenue 8

Erou I. 10

Erou II. 11

Underground 12

Erou III. 14

January 3, 2015 15

At the Doctor's Office 17

Ode to My Father's Failed Heart 18

Erou IV. 19

Offering 20

Hades, Hosting 21

Erou V. 23

Erou VI. 24

Anniversary Argonautica 25

A List of Things That Don't Escape Her 26

Daddy says 27

Famous Last Words 28

Persephone, in Part 30

Erou VII. 31

Erou VIII. 32

Of Late 33

Haunt 34

Erou IX. 36

Erou X. 37

Losing His Cool 38

Ode to My Father's Failed Kidney 40

Erou XI. 41

Erou XII. 42

The Woman 43

Erou XIII. 44

Dido 45

Sometimes my father is a roaming hunger 47

The Woman, Too, Has Something to Say 48

Erou XIV. 49

Persephone, Engaged 50

Erou XV. 68

In Consideration of Love 69

Circe 70

Erou XVI. 71

Hades, Artificer 72

Erou XVII. 73

Persephone, Rising 74

Autopsy 75

The Kindly Ones 76

Currency 79

After His Death Will My Father Be Beautiful 80

At the Therapist's Office 81

And/Or 82

Erou XVIII. 84

A Kind of Temperament 86

Alecto 87

Unconditional 89

Erou XIX. 90

In Which My Mother and Father Meet for Brunch After His Death 91

Say 92

Revision 96

Telemachus 98

Poem Ending with a Scene of a Woman Alone 99

Argo 101

Ending 103

Nepenthe 106

Erou XX. 108