The middle of so-far, three completed parts, Desert Sequence is the pivotal section in Dennis Phillips’ ongoing Mappa Mundi. Riffing off the subjective nature of medieval world maps, Mappa Mundi adds to, distills, distorts and reexamines the poet’s past works and recurring themes; relying on, among other techniques, repeated motifs, narrative tension and lyrical condensations. “Because memory,” as Phillips writes, “literally, is all we have,” the poet keeps on with his most human task of charting the unchartable.
Dennis Phillips is the author of some fourteen books of poetry, as well as a novel, Hope (2007). His most recent book-length work is Measure (2013). Dennis Phillips was born and raised in Los Angeles where he continues to live and work.