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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
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Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2006)
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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?
Bells-in-a-wind,

in storm: there are worse ways.
Everywhere, the live
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Annette
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
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Alisha
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
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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.
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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
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