Riding Westward by Carl Phillips
Reviewed by Jill Owens
"I have great admiration for poets, like Ai or Yusef Komunyakaa, who can move swiftly in and out of personas from poem to poem, changing voices to match, but I confess that, perhaps unjustifiably, there is a part of me that warms more to poets who can use the same images, metaphors, themes, in poem after poem, book after book, in an intricate series of movements ever deeper, ever more honed, and, so, make some words, some gestures theirs, and theirs alone. Carl Phillips is one of those poets. His new book, Riding Westward, is both a culmination of issues and ideas he's been touching on for years and a more inward, dense exploration of some of these same themes." Read the entire Powells.com review.