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The Rest of Love

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"The light, for as far as"
"I can see, is that of any number of late "
"afternoons I remember still: how the light"
"seemed a bell; how it seemed I'd been living"
"insider it, waiting - I'd heard all about "
"that one clear note it gives. "
--from "Late Apollo III"
In "The Rest of Love," his seventh book, Carl Phillips examines the conflict between belief and disbelief, and ou
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Hardcover, 80 pages
Published February 14th 2004 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Xavier Guillaume
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Allen Ginsberg fans, people trying to understand love.
Shelves: poetry
I saw Carl Phillips read in Milwaukee in, I believe, 04, and I remember greatly liking his poems, so much so that I purchased this book, The Rest of Love. I chose this book in particular because I really admired the poem "White Dog", which is found in this book. "white Dog" is about Phillips painful experience following the death of his beloved dog. There is one part of the poem I particularly like:

"I know, released, she won't come back.
This is different from letting what,

already, we count as lo
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Kasandra
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first Phillips book I read, Double Shadow, came out 7 years later than this one. That book sold me on him forever. These poems are just as well-crafted, but more mysterious (to me) and more strikingly erotic. Many of these were intriguing, painterly and full of nuance and shadow, but left me feeling like a particularly unintelligent reader. Instead of ruining the book for me, like some poets do who seem to delight in being obscure and difficult, this collection made me want to try harder, li ...more
Sandra
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
A beautiful lament addressed to a beloved. Beginning with the first poem, “Custom,” Phillips returns again and again to the moment of departure and those moments leading up to a crossing of a distance, of water, of a life. And like Orpheus in the title poem, “The Rest of Love,” he is looking back and losing everything.

Throughout his recollection, as in “All It Takes,” the poet meditates on “[t]hings invisible, / and the visible effects by which / we know them” to find the patterns, the rituals b
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Darrell
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
If I could give this book 4 1/2 stars I would, but I can't. There's some great memorable poems in here like "Conduct" and "The Rest of Love." Also there's a great interpretation of Orpheus in this collection as well. Borrow before buying imo.
Kaitlin Weiler
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Beautiful. Challenging, but extremely rewarding.
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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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“Technically, the weight of pain is the weight of shadow.” 7 likes
“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.”
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