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Silverchest : [Poems]

Author: Carl Phillips
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"In Silverchest, his twelfth book, Carl Phillips considers how our fears and excesses, the damage we cause both to others and to ourselves, intentional and not, can lead not only to a kind of wisdom but also to renewal, maybe even joy, if we're willing to commit fully to a life in which "I love you / means what, exactly?" In poems shot through with his signature mix of eros, restless energy, and moral scrutiny,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Phillips
ISBN: 9780374534332 0374534330 9780374261214 0374261210
OCLC Number: 846545883
Description: 61 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Just the wind for a sound, softly --
And other animals --
So the mind like a gate swings open --
The jetty --
Now rough, now gentle --
Flight of doves --
Surrounded as we are, unlit, unshadowed --
Bluegrass --
After the afterlife --
First you must cover your face --
Black swan on water, in a little rain --
My meadow, my twilight --
Distraction --
The difference between power and force --
Darkness is as darkness does --
Neon --
Ghost hour --
Blizzard --
Interior : all the leaves shake off their light --
In this world to be lost --
Bow, and arrow --
As for that piece of sundown you've been wanting --
Undo it --
Late in the long apprenticeship --
Snow globe --
Border song --
Bronze where once the blue had been --
Brace of antlers --
Shimmer --
Your body down in gold --
Anyone who had a heart --
Now you must go wherever you wish --
Dominion --
But waves, they scatter --
Silverchest.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Carl Phillips.

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"In Silverchest, his twelfth book, Carl Phillips considers how our fears and excesses, the damage we cause both to others and to ourselves, intentional and not, can lead not only to a kind of wisdom but also to renewal, maybe even joy, if we're willing to commit fully to a life in which "I love you / means what, exactly?" In poems shot through with his signature mix of eros, restless energy, and moral scrutiny, Phillips argues for the particular courage it takes to look at the self squarely--not with judgment but with understanding--and extend that self more honestly toward others. It's a risk, there's a lot to lose, but if it's true that 'we'll drown anyway--why not / in color?'"--Publisher description.

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