Double Shadow

Double Shadow Cover

Double Shadow


By Carl Phillips

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374141578, 80pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2011


A stunning new collection of poems from the author of "Speak Low"

Comparing any human life to "a restless choir" of impulses variously in conflict and at peace with one another, Carl Phillips, in his eleventh book, examines the double shadow that a life casts forth: "now risk, and now / faintheartedness." In poems that both embody and inhabit this double shadow, risk and faintheartedness prove to have the power equally to rescue us from ourselves and to destroy us. Spare, haunted, and haunting, yet not without hope, "Double Shadow" argues for life as a wilderness through which there's only the questing forward with no regrets and no looking back.

"Double Shadow" is a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry
Winner of the 2011 "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for Poetry

A "Boston Globe" Best Poetry Book of 2011.

About the Author
Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, including "Silverchest", a finalist for the International Griffin Prize, and "Double Shadow", winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His most recent book of prose is "The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination". Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.