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.