Carl Phillips





Carl Phillips

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The United States
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influences
Thucydides, Cicero, Tacitus, George Herbert, John Donne


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Carl Phillips is the highly acclaimed author of 10 collections of poetry.

He was born in 1959 to an Air Force family, who moved regularly throughout his childhood, until finally settling in his high-school years at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He holds degrees from Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Boston University and taught high-school Latin for eight years.

His first book, In the Blood, won the 1992 Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize and was heralded as the work of an outstanding newcomer in the field of contemporary poetry. His other books are Cortège (1995), a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry; From the Devotions (1998), a finalist for the National
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Average rating: 4.02 · 1,103 ratings · 106 reviews · 35 distinct works · Similar authors
Speak Low
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 128 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions
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Quiver of Arrows: Selected ...
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 2007
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The Rest of Love
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 105 ratings — published 2004 — 4 editions
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Double Shadow
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 87 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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The Tether
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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Pastoral
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 2002
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Riding Westward
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 2006 — 3 editions
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Coin of the Realm: Essays o...
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 2004
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Silverchest: Poems
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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From the Devotions
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 1998
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“Technically, the weight of pain is the weight of shadow.”
Carl Phillips, The Rest of Love

“The sea/the same then as now: more blear than blue, more/blue than silver”
Carl Phillips, Silverchest: Poems

“When was the burning that of fire?
When was it fear?
When sorrow?
That any gesture can be understood as the necessary, mostly incidental price the body pays for whatever response comes
past gesture,
past the body that made it:
to what extent can this be said, and it be true? and it be false? Under what conditions?
Under whose conditions?
Thus the waves. Thus the light of the sun across them.”
Carl Phillips, The Rest of Love



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