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Wild Is the Wind

Poems

by Carl Phillips

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Wild Is the Wind by Carl Phillips
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  • Publishes in USA 
    Jan 23, 2018
    80 pages
    Genre: Poetry

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A powerful, inventive collection from one of America's most critically admired poets.

"What has restlessness been for?"

In Wild Is the Wind, Carl Phillips reflects on love as depicted in the jazz standard for which the book is named - love at once restless, reckless, and yet desired for its potential to bring stability. In the process, he pitches estrangement against communion, examines the past as history versus the past as memory, and reflects on the past's capacity both to teach and to mislead us - also to make us hesitate in the face of love, given the loss and damage that are, often enough, love's fallout. How "to say no to despair"? How to take perhaps that greatest risk, the risk of believing in what offers no guarantee?

These poems that, in their wedding of the philosophical, meditative, and lyric modes, mark a new stage in Phillips's remarkable work, stand as further proof that "if Carl Phillips had not come onto the scene, we would have needed to invent him. His idiosyncratic style, his innovative method, and his unique voice are essential steps in the evolution of the craft" (Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review).

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"Starred Review. Skillfully balancing philosophical discourse and linguistic pleasure, Phillips's much-admired capacity for nimble syntax unfurls like a sail, "each time, more surely." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Registering these distinctions in life takes the same rapt attention that Phillips's compact, cerebral poems require, so that we can find all his gemlike observations." - Library Journal

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Carl Phillips is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including Reconnaissance, winner of the PEN Poetry Award and the Lambda Literary Award, and Double Shadow, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

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