Song of the Closing Doors: Poems

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6.25 X 8.87 X 0.48 inches | 0.49 pounds

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About the Author

PATRICK PHILLIPS is the author of three previous books of poems, including Chattahoochee, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Elegy for a Broken Machine, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, a work of nonfiction, was a New York Times Notable book. Among Phillips's other honors are Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is also translator of When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems of Henrik Nordbrandt. Phillips lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Stanford University.


"Song of the Closing Doors reckons with love, loss, and the space between the two that we call life. It's a deep comfort to rock next to Patrick Phillips in these poignant, sleek poems that travel through grief's tunnels. Clear a space for these blues and warm yourself in their everlasting light." --Tomás Q. Morín, author of Machete

"These poems are so damn good. Few contemporary poets can write an elegy half as well as Phillips. And nobody does it any better." --John Murillo, author of Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry and Up Jump the Boogie