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Scattered Snows, to the North

Carl Phillips

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Categories: 21st Century, American, BAME
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Aug 2024)
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  • Carl Phillips's Scattered Snows, to the North is a collection about distortion and revelation, about knowing and the unreliability of a knowledge that's rooted in (always unstable) human memory. If the poet's recent books have been engaged with the theme of power, this one focuses on vulnerability: the value of embracing it and thus of releasing ourselves from the compulsion to understand our past. If we remember a thing, did it really happen? If we believe it didn't, does that make our belief true? In Scattered Snows, to the North, Phillips looks though the window of the past in order to understand the essential sameness of the human condition – 'tears were tears', mistakes were made and regretted or not regretted, and it mattered until it didn't, the way people live until they don't. And there was also joy. And beauty. 'Yet the world's still so beautiful... Sometimes it is...' It was enough. And it still can be.

    Then the War: And Selected Poems 2007-2020, Phillips's first UK publication, won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His most recent prose book is My Trade Is Mystery: Seven Meditations from a Life in Writing (Yale University Press, 2022). Phillips lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
    Carl Phillips is the author of 16 books of poetry, most recently Then the War: And Selected Poems 2007-2020 (Carcanet, 2022), which won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize. Phillips has also written three prose books, most recently My Trade Is Mystery: Seven Meditations from a Life in Writing (Yale University Press, 2022). ... read more
    Awards won by Carl Phillips Winner, 2023 The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
    (Then the War)
    Praise for Carl Phillips
    '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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