ABOUT Phoebe Reeves

Phoebe Reeves is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College. Her poems have appeared in The Tampa Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, The Potomac Review, and other journals. She earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. One day, she will learn the names of all the wildflowers in Ohio.


Pecan Grove Press

The Lobes and Petals of the Inanimate
by Phoebe Reeves

ISBN: 978-1-931247-65-8 $7

“In this refreshing first collection, Phoebe Reeves’s poems are corporal, honest, and earthy. She is determined to dig beneath surfaces, revealing what’s been glossed over and hidden. This is a poet who relishes what thrives against the odds and who finds beauty in unexpected places, declaring, ‘I make no acquaintance with the magnolias/in this city– only the fists of apple blossoms/and their sour fruit staining sidewalks.’”

Rebecca Morgan Frank,
Editor of Memorious


This body belongs to

the broken everything. The original sin
no priest can assuage. The born inequality
that makes us just space to fill, mouths to stop,

bodies to burn. To dust we shall return
upon their mercy, their hands clamped—

their faces the faces of our brothers, our fathers
indignant in their superiority, their will to inflict
the world upon us. To brand their names onto our bodies.

 

 

 

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