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Double shadow

Author: Carl Phillips
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Poetry : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Comparing any human life to a "restless choir" of impulses, variously in conflict and at peace with one another, Carl Phillips, in his eleventh collection of poems, examines the double shadow that a life casts forth: "now risk, and now / faintheartedness." In poems that both embody and inhabit this double shadow, risk and faintheartedness prove to have the power equally to rescue us from ourselves and to destroy us.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: American poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Phillips
ISBN: 9780374141578 0374141576
OCLC Number: 650212574
Description: 58 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Contents: First night at sea --
Ransom --
Next stop, Arcadia --
Fascination --
Sky coming forward --
Continuous until we stop --
The grass not being flesh, nor flesh the grass --
The heat of the sun --
Through an opening --
After the thunder, before the rain --
The shore --
The need for dreaming --
Comes the fall --
Master and slave --
Clear, cloudless --
Roses --
Night --
On horseback --
Almost tenderly --
Tell me a story --
Dark angel --
As if lit from beneath, and tossing --
Glory on --
My bluest shirt --
Of the rippling surface --
The gristmill --
After winning the West --
Sacrifice is a different animal altogether --
Like a lion --
Civilization --
Immaculate each leaf, and every flower --
The life you save --
Heaven and earth --
Cathedral.
Responsibility: Carl Phillips.

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Comparing any human life to a "restless choir" of impulses, variously in conflict and at peace with one another, Carl Phillips, in his eleventh collection of poems, examines the double shadow that a life casts forth: "now risk, and now / faintheartedness." In poems that both embody and inhabit this double shadow, risk and faintheartedness prove to have the power equally to rescue us from ourselves and to destroy us. Spare, haunted, and haunting, yet not without hope, Double shadow argues for life as a wilderness through which there's only the questing forward--with no regrets and no looking back. --Book jacket.

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