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Speak Low by Carl Phillips
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Mar 07, 11

bookshelves: poetry

As a person who wants to write good poetry, I've been advised to stay away from being cerebral; it inhibits "the leap," I've been told, in which the mind is allowed to free-associate; it can be limiting, as some poetry I've read, wherein if you aren't interested in the content, there's nothing there for you. In this book, Carl Phillips is both cerebral and imagistic; he leaps. He bounds. He flies. He is a careful observer and a thorough thinker who exposes nuanced truths. Something I truly enjoyed about this book is his capacity to find the vast residing in the intimate, and the intimate in the vast.
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