Rock Harbor

Poems

Carl Phillips

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Wind as a face gone red with blowing,
oceans whose end is broken stitchery--

swim of sea-dragon, dolphin,
shimmer-and-coil, invitation. . . . You Know
the kind of map I mean. Countries as

distant as they are believable . . .

--from "Halo"

Carl Phillips lyric explorations of longing and devotion, castigation and mercy, are unrivaled in contemporary poetry.

Here, in his sixth book, Phillips visits those spaces, both physical and psychological, where risk and safety coincide, and considers what it might mean to live at the nexus of the two. Sifting among the upturned evidence of crisis, from Roman Empire to westward expansion, from the turn of a lover's face to the harbor of the book's title--a place of calm fashioned of the very rock that can mean disaster--these poems negotiate and map out the impulse toward rescue and away from it. Phillips's pooling, cascading lines are the unsuppressed routes across his unique poetic landscape, daring and seductive in their readiness to drift and reverse as the terrain demands.

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A masterly collection from "one of his generation's most prolific and gifted poets." --Rick Hilles, Boston Review

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Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips is the author of seven books of poems, most recently Rock Harbor; The Tether, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; and From the Devotions, a finalist for the National Book Award, and the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature in 2001. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Rock Harbor
Poems
Carl Phillips

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
September 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374528850
ISBN10: 0374528853
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 128 pages
$12.00
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