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Alan ShapiroPatrick Phillips's depiction of the small town Georgia community in which he was raised is by turns harrowing and tender, full of communal warmth and racial hatred, family intimacy and social justice. That he doesn't simplify his vision of the Southern world that formed him, that he honors his own ambivalence, is a measure of Phillips's humane inclusive vision, an inclusiveness that keeps his keen sense of place from becoming mere regionalism; it's what enables him to find a social and political history within the particulars of personal experience. This is an unforgettable book.
—author of SONG AND DANCE: POEMS