Footsteps of the Past

Footsteps of the Past

 

Footsteps of the Past

By Philip Resnick

$15.95

  • September 2015
  • ISBN 978-1-55380-431-4
  • ebook ISBN: 978-1-55380-432-1
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  • PDF ISBN: 978-1-55380-433-8
  • 6″ x 9″, Trade Paperback, 116 pages
  • Poetry




Philip Resnick’s Footsteps of the Past constitutes a powerful set of reflections on the modern human condition. The book contains poems dealing with memory, recognition, and the slow passage of time, while others meditate on the deep wounds that chronic illness and disability instill. Some of the poems have a critical political edge, while others probe the cultural and philosophical underpinnings of our modern identities with cool detachment and unrelenting honesty. For inspiration, Resnick draws on Sophocles, Thucydides, Montesquieu, and, from our own day, Thomas Piketty and Charles Taylor. There is also a shout-out to “Je suis Charlie.” Always in these poems one senses a longing for a previous, perhaps mythical, time when the future opened the possibility of a world of ideals. For the reader, this book will resonate in quite unpredictable ways, much like the ferry of the mind whose voyage the author invokes. Bare-knuckled imagery, intellectual inquisitiveness, and a kaleidoscope of themes mark Footsteps of the Past as a strikingly original poetry collection.

“In the face of our monumentally insecure world, what survives is the power and solace of Philip Resnick’s poetry, with its articulate and quotable anger at the state of the body politic worldwide.”
–George McWhirter, Winner of the first Commonwealth Poetry Prize

“Poetry of mature reflection that questions and speaks, embedded with a quiet empathy.”
–Seymour Mayne, Author of
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