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The Rest of Love

Poems

Carl Phillips

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

National Book Award Finalist
Winner of the Publishing Triangle Award for Gay Male Poetry

In his seventh book of verse, Carl Phillips examines the conflict between belief and disbelief, and our will to believe. Aren't we always trying, the poet asks, to contain or to stave off facing up to, even briefly, the hard truths we're nevertheless attracted to? Phillips's signature terse line and syntax enact this constant tension between abandon and control.

Indeed, the poems in The Rest of Love also plumb this very tension. Following his impeccable interior logic, always "passionately austere" (Rita Dove, The Washington Post Book World), Phillips explores the myths that we both create and return to in the name of desire—physical, emotional, and spiritual.

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"[Phillips achieves] a delicately cadenced music entirely his own." --Roger Gilbert, Michigan Quarterly Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Carl Phillips

  • Carl Phillips is the author of six previous books of poems, including Rock Harbor and The Tether, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. The recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, he teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
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The Rest of Love

Poems

Carl Phillips

Lambda Literary Award - Nominee, National Book Awards Finalist, Triangle Awards - Winner

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