Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Riding Westward” as Want to Read:
Riding Westward
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Riding Westward

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
What happens when the world as we've known it becomes divided, when the mind becomes less able--or less willing--to distinguish reality from what is desired? In Riding Westward, Carl Phillips wields his celebrated gifts for syntax and imagery that are unmistakably his own--speculative, athletic, immediate--as he confronts moral crisis. What is the difference, he asks, bet
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2006)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Riding Westward, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Riding Westward

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mirasol Quisto
Jan 19, 2017 Mirasol Quisto rated it liked it
Shelves: own, poetry
A short read again which is out of my language. Well not totally, 'cause I can relate to some or maybe I was not entirely in the mood to fully digest all of his deep words 'cause I'm sick or perhaps my mind is floating in that shallow part of romanticism that I didn't get some of his poems. But like I said, I liked some and this one hits me the most.

In Waves

It is a shadow I break inside of,
then break again.
Am I not reliable?

in storm: there are worse ways.
Everywhere, the live
Mar 30, 2009 Annette rated it it was amazing
sigh. unbelievable. my favorite at the moment:

There’s a meadow I can’t stop coming back to, any
more than I can stop calling it a sacred grove—isn’t
that was it was, once? A lot of resonance, trees asway
with declarations whose traced-on-the-air patterns
the grasses also traced, more subtly, below. As for
strangers: yes, and often, and—with few exceptions—
each desperate either to win back some kingdom he’d
lost, or to be, if only briefly, for once free of one. I did
what I could for them. They did—what
Jul 01, 2007 Alisha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, favorites
Holy shit. And holy fuck. This is the kind of book where you can only read one poem at a time, They hit you that hard, they are that difficult to digest. Many of the poems are painful- it seems as if Philips is confessing faults or regrets of his own, which, somehow, threaten to expose your own faults and regrets simply by the act of reading.

I've been called 'the Tin Man' in regards to poetry because I'm such a poetry snob. But this- this is fucking quality poetry. Solid, beautiful, powerful, he
Monabelle Timosa
Feb 24, 2015 Monabelle Timosa rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
The collection was deep and honest. It keeps moving; up and down just like the waves and a thumbs up for that because he really did describe life as both a pain in the ass and heaven at the same time. His choice of words were bare and his bravery of exposing things is incredible.
James Crews
James Crews rated it it was amazing
Feb 22, 2008
Gina Franco
Gina Franco rated it it was amazing
Feb 19, 2014
Chad rated it liked it
Dec 13, 2008
Mandy rated it it was amazing
Aug 25, 2015
Dennis rated it really liked it
Aug 23, 2007
Rangi rated it it was amazing
Dec 08, 2007
Alyson rated it really liked it
Mar 08, 2012
Phillip rated it really liked it
Mar 27, 2012
Catey Bayse
Catey Bayse rated it really liked it
Nov 22, 2013
Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Jul 21, 2007
E rated it really liked it
May 31, 2014
Corin rated it really liked it
Dec 20, 2016
nolan rated it it was amazing
Sep 01, 2008
Shara rated it really liked it
Feb 17, 2010
Sarah rated it really liked it
Jan 29, 2010
stephanie rated it it was amazing
Jul 16, 2008
Chanel rated it really liked it
Feb 12, 2011
Lauren Samblanet
Lauren Samblanet rated it really liked it
May 05, 2013
Libby rated it really liked it
May 29, 2015
Emma rated it it was amazing
Jun 17, 2009
John Williams
John Williams rated it it was amazing
Nov 09, 2015
Brent Calderwood
Brent Calderwood rated it really liked it
Jan 06, 2008
Christopher Frederick
Christopher Frederick rated it it was ok
Feb 03, 2011
Bob rated it really liked it
Jun 17, 2010
Mandy E
Mandy E rated it really liked it
Apr 21, 2009
Jessica rated it liked it
Jan 10, 2015
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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
More about Carl Phillips...

Share This Book