Pale Colors in a Tall Field: Poems


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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.7 X 8.5 X 0.7 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Carl Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. His recent books include Wild Is the Wind and the prose collection The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination.


These poems, which are filled with longing and a sense of the poet wrestling with himself, are made up of reflections . . . While Phillips is enigmatic in these poems, he is never coy, conjuring a rich intellectual and felt life on the page for the reader. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

I have never heard a bad word about poet Carl Phillips, whose next collection considers the intersections of memory, colors, and forgetfulness. If we imagined our recollections as colors, what hues would they have? Which parts of ourselves would appear vividly, and which parts dim? Phillips has the ability to be both enigmatic and reassuring in his work, always going past where you think the poem aims to go, and achieving something greater . . . --Aaron Robertson, Lit Hub

Few poets can deliver such weight with such precision as Phillips, who again marvels in this new collection . . . Phillips is the type of writer to make us believe that, perhaps, poetry truly is the form in which story and song best breathe together. --Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions

I read each of Carl Phillips's books for the deepest pleasures poetry can provide -- intelligence, linguistic chops, mystery. I also read them as primers, field guides, breviaries: as translations of personhood, in all our flawed and searching complexity. --Lisa Russ Spaar, On the Seawall

The vitality in Carl Phillips's latest collection of verse, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, springs from the tension found in the poet's impulse toward philosophical reflection, on the one hand, and associative boldness, on the other. The push and pull between these two impulses is central to Phillips's creative work, and it's a feature that keeps us returning to his poetry again and again. --Jason Barry, The Adroit Journal