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Then the War

And Selected Poems 2007-2020

Carl Phillips

Cover of Then the War by Carl Phillips
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Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, American, BAME
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Feb 2022)
9781800172296
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  • Then the War and Selected Poems, 2007–2020 is two books in one: a representative selection from seven of Carl Phillips's innovative earlier collections and a complete new book of poems, providing a powerful introduction to European readers. A seemingly gentle but resolute attention to the things of this world evokes the joyful and painful elements in the contemporary human condition, characterised by loneliness and an unquenchable thirst for love. He is a poet who knows the rules and bends or breaks them, a master of syntax and prosody, avoiding convention and pursuing the lines of desire.

    In a starred review of this book, Publishers Weekly said, 'These lyrically rich, insightful poems are full of palpable aching [...] and a human urge to understand. This remarkable compendium is a testament to the spirit of Phillips's work.'
    Carl Phillips is the author of fifteen previous books of poetry, most recently Pale Colors in a Tall Field (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020) and Wild Is the Wind (FSG, 2018), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other honors include the 2021 Jackson Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award for ... read more
    'Then the War, is a forest-like network of linguistic relationships... ideas are turned over at different angles and that way gather complexity and momentum. Phillips operates in an altogether superior league.'

    Carol Rumens, The Poetry Review  

    'A welcome collection of earlier and new work by an unusually far-reaching poetic explorer.'

    Carol Rumens, The Guardian where 'For Nothing Tender About It' was Poem of the Week

    '...a poet whose art is among the best representations we have of the modern mind in all its wonder and melancholy uncertainty.'

    Jesse Nathan, McSweeneys

    'The 208 pages form a wonderfully compendious introduction to this major US poet. For those who have admired his work in the three decades since his debut, they are glowing confirmation that, as he enters his 60s, Phillips is writing better than ever ... a single project of the utmost immediacy.'

    Fiona Sampson, The Guardian 

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