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Riding Westward by Carl Phillips
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Jul 01, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: 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, heartbreaking.

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