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A Plan in Case of Morning

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A reimagining of what it is to be a man today that is simultaneously memoir, poetry, and verse novel.

Constructed from poems in a wide variety of forms—from metrical, syllabic and free-verse received forms to nonces, composition by field, and prose poetry—A Plan in Case of Morning is a contemporary hero tale that is at once radically experimental and wholly grounded in
Paperback, 90 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Vine Leaves Press
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Bauke Kamstra
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I might like best about Phill's poetry, besides the subtle, behind the blinds humour, is both a blatant and hidden sensuality. He has no fear. Stylistically varied, the poems nevertheless betray careful attention even when apparently casual. Knowledgeably addressing broad & varied ideas, he is just as comfortable with gritty details. Phill always knows what he's saying, and his mastery of words is exquisite.

He reveals himself in his work like a nun slowly disrobing. His own life a pauper to
Mark Tarallo
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun, rewarding, strange, unique read. It felt at first like being inside a casino of the mind, with the poet-dealer slowly flipping over images, ideas, and details like playing cards. But as the narrative details accumulated it read like a “My Life and Certain Thoughts” memoir in poetry - more impressionistic than a novel-in-verse, but by the end I was interested enough in the narrator to read a sequel (if there is one). The language is tight and consistently accessible and never obscure (alth ...more
Gina Troisi
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Plan in Case of Morning is a stunning ride through an alternate dimension—a ride I did not want to end. Phill Provance is a master of his craft. Each of these poems is a unique and surprising experience, a gem layered with complexity, raw and uninhibited in its exploration of what it means to be human. In lyrical, precise language, Provance carries the reader into electrifying sensory terrain. These poems are dark and beautiful and humorous at once. I will read this book again and again.
Joanne Nelson
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Plan in Case of Morning, Phill Provance’s third book, published by Vine Leaves Press, is a collection of poems poised to take the reader on a fine journey. Provance’s poetry is smart and emotional with enough distance to allow for the angst of lived experience and the wisdom of arrival to play out in individual pieces as a whole, as well as at the line level. Take Given the Day, for example, in which Provance examines the variety of ways he approaches each day and simultaneously measures and j ...more
Tom Gillespie
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Upon opening A Plan in Case of Morning I tumble into a sheen of dazzling diamonds that sheer through stone and skin and blood and bone and cut clean to my soul to ring and sing and dance and howl among the jazz beat word masters of Bukowski and Carver and Cohen and Ferlinghetti… And yet… and yet… I am with another familiar stranger and engulfed and caressed by new words and new ways of singing and dancing and breathing that weave golden threads through a Promethean tapestry of shimmering light a ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Phill Provance’s new poetry collection, “A Plan in Case of Morning,” is truly a fast-changing landscape of emotion riding on varying currents of form.

Just as sculptors and other fine artists allow ideas to choose their medium, so Provance allows each poem to choose its own pace, rhythm and tone to best express the impassioned flow with an end clarity that’s eminently satisfying. In subject matter, Provance flies us around the world, both literal and proverbial, as we visit times and places in hi
Ann Epstein
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Master of Intensity – In A Plan in Case of Morning, Phill Provance wields words, minces memories, and excavates emotions with agility. His amalgam of poems, prose, epigrams, and enigmas is filled with dreams and questions about youth, manhood, and the final accounting. Bubbling up from the flow of words is the push-pull of human relationships; anger bumps into love, tough rubs against tender, and hope flickers in the face of disaster. Provance has a gift for imagery. As a writer myself (see my G ...more
Annalisa Crawford
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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With this stunning new collection, Phill Provance moves his reader through a range of emotions, from the melancholic and unsettling, through to the poignant and wry. Some are a deeply personal glimpse into his world, others – such as my favourite, Dandelion – feel like brief asides, others still are a comforting hug. A collection worthy of repeat reading and savouring.
Carolyn Russell
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Plan in Case of Morning

I say this with tearful eyes and a full heart. Phill Provance is the real deal. Ferlinghetti meets Bob Dylan. I am thoroughly enthralled with his singular vision and moved by his unblinking honesty; Provance’s words cut to the very core of what it feels like to balance the demands of the soul with the realities of survival. Highly recommended.
Lin Kaatz  Chary
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A work of art. Truly moving!
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