From the Stacks: Carl Phillips

From the Stacks is a regular series on the Poetry Center Blog in which we solicit authors to wander our library and choose books that have been important to them and/or that they recommend.

Carl Phillips by Reston Allen

Carl Phillips is the author of fourteen books of poetry, most recently Wild Is the Wind (FSG, 2018), and Reconnaissance (FSG, 2015), winner of the PEN USA Award and the Lambda Literary Award.  He is also the author of two books of prose: The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (Graywolf, 2014) and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (Graywolf, 2004), and he is the translator of Sophocles’ Philoctetes (Oxford, 2004).  A four-time finalist for the National Book Award, his honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Photo of books, titles listed below


Carl's selections From the Stacks are:

The Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand

The Animal Too Big To Kill by Shane McCrae

slow joy by Stephanie Marlis

The Fatalist by Lyn Hejinian

Ex-Voto by Adélia Prado

Navigable Waterways by Pamela Alexander

Penelope by Sue Goyette

Hemming the Water by Yona Harvey

Too Bright To See by Linda Gregg

Beast Meridian by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal