Wild Is the Wind: Poems

Wild Is the Wind: Poems

by Carl Phillips


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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

A powerful, inventive collection from one of America's most critically admired poets

“What has restlessness been for?”

In Wild Is the Wind, Carl Phillips reflects on love as depicted in the jazz standard for which the book is named—love at once restless, reckless, and yet desired for its potential to bring stability. In the process, he pitches estrangement against communion, examines the past as history versus the past as memory, and reflects on the past’s capacity both to teach and to mislead us—also to make us hesitate in the face of love, given the loss and damage that are, often enough, love’s fallout. How “to say no to despair”? How to take perhaps that greatest risk, the risk of believing in what offers no guarantee? These poems that, in their wedding of the philosophical, meditative, and lyric modes, mark a new stage in Phillips’s remarkable work, stand as further proof that “if Carl Phillips had not come onto the scene, we would have needed to invent him. His idiosyncratic style, his innovative method, and his unique voice are essential steps in the evolution of the craft” (Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374538248
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 475,067
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Carl Phillips is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including Reconnaissance, winner of the PEN Poetry Award and the Lambda Literary Award, and Double Shadow, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Table of Contents

Courtship 3

Swimming 4

Brothers in Arms 6

Meditation: On Being a Mystery to Oneself 8

Musculature 9

Givingly 10

The Distance and the Spoils 11

Not the Waves as They Make Their Way Forward 12

Gold Leaf 13

Several Birds in Hand but the Rest Go Free 14

Stray 15

Revolver 16

The Dark No Softer Than It Was Before 17

From a Bonfire 18

And Love You Too 20

What I See Is the Light Falling All Around Us 22

Black and Copper in a Crush of Flowers 23

If You Go Away 25

What the Lost Are For 27

Rockabye 28

His Master's Voice 29

That It Might Save, or Drown Them 30

Gently, Though, Gentle 32

The Wedding 33

More Tenderly Over Some of Us Than Others 35

The Way One Animal Trusts Another 36

A Stillness Between the Hunting and the Chase 38

Before the Leaves Turn Back 40

For It Felt Like Power 41

Craft and Vision 42

Crossing 43

Monomoy 44

If You Will, I Will 46

Wild Is the Wind 48

The Sea, the Forest 50

Notes and Acknowledgments 53

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