DOUBLE SHADOW: POEMS (Carl Phillips) – Review

Troy Jollimore reviews Carl Phillips‘ new collection of autumnal poems of unique, fragile beauty, Double Shadow: Poems, for the Chicago Tribune. Jollimore likens Phillips to John Ashbery, “that pre-eminent poet of modern consciousness,” but with definite differences in tone. Phillips expresses his “skeptical and at times despairing sensibility” in such a way as to freshen the cliché of fragmentation arising in the wake of T.S. Eliot‘s “The Wasteland.” Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 58 pages, $23.00) apparently deserves the attention that Phillips’ 2007 volume, Quiver of Arrows, largely failed to receive upon its arrival.

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A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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