Dears, Beloveds

by Kevin Phan

Published by the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University

Mountain/West Poetry Series


The prose poetry in Kevin Phan’s first collection, Dears, Beloveds, offers a fine-grained meditation on grief—personal, familial, ecological, and political. Informed by the author’s engagement with Buddhism & mindfulness, the poems address looming absences: in our vanishing earth, the scraps of a haunting voicemail, or waiting at hospice with little to do. In these pages, the poet fights his way out of isolation, to establish filigrees of connectedness with himself, other humans, and the natural world. Whether meditating on the bodily loss of his cancer-stricken mother, the Black Lives Matter movement, or a shadow falling from a speck of dust in the kitchen, these lines are notable for their crisp and surprising movements, lucid imagery, aching tenderness, & humanity. Dears, Beloveds reminds us of the ironies, beauty, and complexity of our time on earth, as beings in time. Where we hurt. Where we heal each other.

Kevin Phan is a graduate of the University of Iowa as well as the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. His chapbook “Closing Waves” was published in the Fall 2019 issue of Black Warrior Review. Poems from this collection have appeared in the Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. He lives in northern Colorado.

Imprint: University Press of Colorado

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $16.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-885635-75-4
  • Ebook Price: $13.95
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  • EISBN: 978-1-885635-76-1
  • Publication Month: November
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Pages: 84
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Kevin Phan
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-885635-75-4