Elegy for a Broken Machine

Finalist, National Book Awards 2015 for Poetry

Elegy for a Broken Machine, by Patrick Phillips book cover, 2015
ISBN 978-0385353755
Alfred A. Knopf
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The poet Patrick Phillips’ stunning collection of elegies that bear witness to the small beauties and inevitable losses of our transient life.

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An acute awareness of mortality gives Elegy for a Broken Machine a paradoxical, striking vitality.  Whether writing about his father’s drawn-out illness, an old guitar,  his small son’s school project, married and unmarried love, or the long-forgone pleasures of smoking, Patrick Phillips  reminds us that love calls us to the things of this world in all its beauty, sorrow, comedy, and vanishing.