Patrick Phillips

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Patrick Phillips is an American poet, professor, and translator. His most recent poetry collection is Boy (University of Georgia Press, 2008). His poems have appeared in many magazines, including Poetry, Ploughshares,[1] The American Poetry Review,[2] Harvard Review,[3] DoubleTake, New England Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review,[4] and have been featured on Garrison Keillor's show The Writer's Almanac on National Public Radio.[5] He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Copenhagen, and teaches writing and literature at Drew University.[6][7] Patrick Phillips grew up in Gainesville, Georgia, and now lives in New York City.

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For me this is a real discovery. In many of the poems—‘Nathaniel’ or ‘Matinee’ or ‘Star Quilt’—the language is quiet and accurate, the details precise, and the emotions—though never insisted upon—are there, unquestionable and complex. Phillips never dawdles or repeats himself; he gets down what matters and trusts the reader to listen carefully. I don ’t mean the poems are casually written: the art here is in hiding the art, and he is that rare poet with the tact and chops to accomplish that. He always sounds like someone speaking in a trustworthy American voice, speaking to adults, even though his concern is largely childhood. What a find! --Philip Levine, Ploughshares, Spring 2009[12]

Haunted by memories, could-have- beens and what-ifs... Phillips enacts the anxiety and grief of the knowledge that there is no escape from death, no matter how much we may love and protect someone. --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, 2/25/2008[13]

Chattahoochee is a tremendous first work. Anyone who goes to literature to connect more profoundly to their own lives and the world around them, to connect with what is important in light of the passage of time we all live with and against, will not find themselves disappointed with this book. —Sarah Estes Graham, Meridian [14]


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