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Pastoral

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Poems
Author 1
Carl Phillips
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“‘Come back, come back. Tell us of excess’ pleads the invocation (from Duncan) opening this stunning new collection from Carl Phillips. And indeed barely contained excess does function as a tutelary deity to this brilliant Romance: the poet questing for searing (even blinding) vision in a demotic world; the poet as seeker of moral instruction through the outrage of flesh. . . . Desire—erotic and spiritual—courses passionately through this collection—the strict shape desire inflicts on the chaos desire lets loose. But Phillips addresses not only passion, but art, history, nature: all in his hands forms of wanting. His rhythms beautifully and powerfully various—sinewy, majestic, casual, adamant—he modulates from honesty to honesty like no one else; both trusts and beautifully second-guesses appearances with an accuracy that moves and amazes.” —Jorie Graham

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$14.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-55597-298-1
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Format
Paperback
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Subject
Pages
Pages
96
Trim Size
Trim Size
5 7/8 x 9
Keynote
A fourth collection of poems from a National Book Award and National Critics Circle Award finalist

About the Author

Carl  Phillips
Credit: Doug Macomber
Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Silverchest and Double Shadow, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is also the author of The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry. Phillips teaches at Washington University in Saint Louis.
 
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