The Rest of Love

The Rest of Love

Book - 2004
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The light, for as far as I can see, is that of any number of late afternoons I remember still: how the light seemed a bell; how it seemed I'd been living insider it, waiting - I'd heard all about that one clear note it gives. --from "Late Apollo III" InThe Rest of Love, his seventh book, Carl Phillips examines the conflict between belief and disbelief, and our will to believe: Aren't we always trying, Phillips 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; following his impeccable interior logic, "passionately austere" (Rita Dove,The Washington PostBook World), Phillips plumbs the myths we make and return to in the name of desire--physical, emotional, and spiritual. Carl Phillipsis the author of several books of poems, includingRock Harbor,The Tether,Pastoral, andFrom the Devotions, the last of which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the recipient of a 2001 Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. A Finalist for the National Book Award 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 inThe Rest of Lovealso 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. A Finalist for the National Book Award "[This latest book of poems by Phillips] will not only please fans, but will send new readers back to recent books."--Publishers Weekly "[Phillips achieves] a delicately cadenced music entirely his own."--Roger Gilbert,Michigan Quarterly Review "Phillips's line is elegant . . . [This is] a collection of carefully crafted poems."--Ira Sher,Poetry Magazine "InThe Rest of Love, Carl Phillips offers 33 lyrics that intricately explore the paradox implicit in his book's title: that love and desire reside in the constant tension between excess and repose, release and restraint. Phillips plumbs this tension with a supple lyric idiom. He often writes in tercets that spill, like a stepped waterfall, one into the other, a flow channelled in each tercet by brief lines laden with interrogatives and apostrophes and punctuated by commas and dashes. This baroque syntax coaxes to life images that pucker, bloom, and sprawl . . .The Rest of Loveis the scintillating record of a poet struggling to understand desire and to find a pattern of understanding within the struggle itself."--John Palatella,Newsday "Furthering an idiom worked up over six previous books and showing no signs of exhaustion, Phillips delivers another brittle, electric set of poems on love, sex, masculinity, and their classical contours. In 33 lyrics divided over three sections, Phillips's unmistakable, short-lined apostrophes, riddled with exhalative em-dashes and pulled-up-short interrogatives, perform the kind of personal control that, before [his book called]The Tether, would have been a main component of domination, but has slowly modulated into conscious attempts at sharing one's physical and psychic lives fully--or as fully as possibl
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374249533
0374249539
Branch Call Number: Poetry 811.54 Phi

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