“An Open Parenthesis” finds music in silence

As he picks up the rhythms of Philip Rowland’s short poetry in “An Open Parenthesis,” there is a wondrous sense of a master playing with meaning and lyricism through the precise placement of words.

An open bracket by Philip Rowland.
126 pages

The Tokyo-based poet and editor of short poetry journal Noon expands expectations of a typical collection of poetry in this illuminating, multi-layered read. Rowland composed his fourth volume of poetry, An Open Parenthesis, as nine interwoven sequences that reiterate themes of music, parenting, otherness, time, and lyrical experimentation. These interrelated themes allow the entries to be read both as separate entities and as parts of a complete work.

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