Carl Phillips
National Book Award Finalist 1998, 2004, 2009, 2011; 
2016 PEN Center USA Literary Award; Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, 2016 and 2000;  
2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner in Poetry; 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize Finalist; 2002 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Winner; 
1997 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship;
1995 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths


I have a candidate for the author of the most interesting contemporary English sentences, and he is not primarily a prose writer: the American poet Carl Phillips . . . Like Emily Dickinson, Phillips is always taking in the minute metamorphoses of his surroundings (Dickinson's ‘Slant of light, / Winter Afternoons') as a way of measuring his own ‘internal difference, / Where the Meanings, are.' . . . But he is not a loner; he is, instead, a poet of erotic life as scored for solo contemplation. ―Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker

Singing the music of mythology, history and philosophy, [Phillips's] poems are delicately crafted to sound like common speech even though there is nothing pedestrian about them. Because of their dexterity, they are approachable without sacrificing their loftier aspirations." ―Dionisio Martinez, Miami Herald

In these gorgeous, meticulously constructed lyric poems, nature and music―motifs Phillips returns to often―take on the role of correlatives, evoking the mind's own cadence, its certainty and thaw.  ―Publishers Weekly



Carl Phillips is the author of thirteen books of poetry, most recently Reconnaissance (FSG, 2015) and Silverchest (FSG, 2013); a new volume, Wild is the Wind, will be published in 2018. His latest book of prose is The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (Graywolf, 2014), and he has translated Sophocles’s Philoctetes (Oxford, 2004). A four-time finalist for the National Book Award, his honors include the PEN USA Award in Poetry, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets. Currently the judge for the Yale Younger Poets Series, Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

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