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A stunning new collection of poems from the author of Speak Low

Comparing any human life to “a restless choir” of impulses variously in conflict and at peace with one another, Carl Phillips, in his eleventh book, examines the double shadow that a life casts forth: “now risk, and now faintheartedness. In poems that both embody and inhabit this double shadow, risk and faintheartedness prove to have the power equally to rescue us from ourselves and to destroy us. Spare, haunted, and haunting, yet not without hope, Double Shadow argues for life as a wilderness through which there's only the questing forward with no regrets and no looking back.

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"This 11th collection continues Phillips's assays into the connections between sex, attachment, and love, and the ways that, despite ecstatic moments, adult life means reconciling oneself to one's collective inadequacy. Phillips's peculiar fusion of classical figures, biblical imagery, and contemporary alienation is in full flower in poems like 'Ransom,' to startling effect: 'come/ clean again, from a thicket all thorns.... And how the stars/ swelled the dark, guiding the man whose whip made the mules go faster, though they would have/ run, I think, even had there been no whip, being mules, and/ broken long ago, and with no more belief than disbelief in rescue.' The poems repeatedly delve into intrarelationship incarnations of big moral quandaries. 'Sacrifice Is a Different Animal Altogether' ends: 'One of us is going to have to say it first'; in 'Master and Slave,' a partner offers a tender admonition: 'If you can't love everything, he said/ Try to love what, in the end, will matter.' But on the whole, the collection works, carefully and deliberately, to affirm the rhetorical question of 'Sky Coming Forward': 'What if, between this one and the one/ we hoped for, there's a third life, taking its own/ slow, dreamlike hold, even now — blooming, in spite of us.' (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A stunning new collection of poems from the author of Speak Low

Comparing any human life to “a restless choir” of impulses variously in conflict and at peace with one another, Carl Phillips, in his eleventh book, examines the double shadow that a life casts forth: “now risk, and now / faintheartedness.” In poems that both embody and inhabit this double shadow, risk and faintheartedness prove to have the power equally to rescue us from ourselves and to destroy us. Spare, haunted, and haunting, yet not without hope, Double Shadow argues for life as a wilderness through which theres only the questing forward—with no regrets and no looking back.
 
Double Shadow is a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry
Winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry
A Boston Globe Best Poetry Book of 2011

Synopsis:

A Boston Globe Best Poetry Book of 2011
 
A stunning new collection of poems from the author of Speak Low

Comparing any human life to “a restless choir” of impulses variously in conflict and at peace with one another, Carl Phillips, in his eleventh book, examines the double shadow that a life casts forth: “now risk, and now / faintheartedness.” In poems that both embody and inhabit this double shadow, risk and faintheartedness prove to have the power equally to rescue us from ourselves and to destroy us. Spare, haunted, and haunting, yet not without hope, Double Shadow argues for life as a wilderness through which theres only the questing forward—with no regrets and no looking back.
 
Double Shadow is a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry
Winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry

About the Author

Carl Phillips is the author of ten previous books of poems, including Speak Low; Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems, 1986-2006; Riding Westward; and The Rest of Love, a National Book Award finalist. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374141578
Author:
Phillips, Carl
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Poetry/African American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This 11th collection continues Phillips's assays into the connections between sex, attachment, and love, and the ways that, despite ecstatic moments, adult life means reconciling oneself to one's collective inadequacy. Phillips's peculiar fusion of classical figures, biblical imagery, and contemporary alienation is in full flower in poems like 'Ransom,' to startling effect: 'come/ clean again, from a thicket all thorns.... And how the stars/ swelled the dark, guiding the man whose whip made the mules go faster, though they would have/ run, I think, even had there been no whip, being mules, and/ broken long ago, and with no more belief than disbelief in rescue.' The poems repeatedly delve into intrarelationship incarnations of big moral quandaries. 'Sacrifice Is a Different Animal Altogether' ends: 'One of us is going to have to say it first'; in 'Master and Slave,' a partner offers a tender admonition: 'If you can't love everything, he said/ Try to love what, in the end, will matter.' But on the whole, the collection works, carefully and deliberately, to affirm the rhetorical question of 'Sky Coming Forward': 'What if, between this one and the one/ we hoped for, there's a third life, taking its own/ slow, dreamlike hold, even now — blooming, in spite of us.' (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,
A stunning new collection of poems from the author of Speak Low

Comparing any human life to “a restless choir” of impulses variously in conflict and at peace with one another, Carl Phillips, in his eleventh book, examines the double shadow that a life casts forth: “now risk, and now / faintheartedness.” In poems that both embody and inhabit this double shadow, risk and faintheartedness prove to have the power equally to rescue us from ourselves and to destroy us. Spare, haunted, and haunting, yet not without hope, Double Shadow argues for life as a wilderness through which theres only the questing forward—with no regrets and no looking back.
 
Double Shadow is a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry
Winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry
A Boston Globe Best Poetry Book of 2011

"Synopsis" by ,
A Boston Globe Best Poetry Book of 2011
 
A stunning new collection of poems from the author of Speak Low

Comparing any human life to “a restless choir” of impulses variously in conflict and at peace with one another, Carl Phillips, in his eleventh book, examines the double shadow that a life casts forth: “now risk, and now / faintheartedness.” In poems that both embody and inhabit this double shadow, risk and faintheartedness prove to have the power equally to rescue us from ourselves and to destroy us. Spare, haunted, and haunting, yet not without hope, Double Shadow argues for life as a wilderness through which theres only the questing forward—with no regrets and no looking back.
 
Double Shadow is a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry
Winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry

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