Reconnaissance: Poems by Carl Phillips

By Carl Phillips

A strong, artistic assortment from one in all America's most beneficial poets

a trembling contained in the either one of us,
there's a trembling, inside of us both.

The territory of Reconnaissance is one the place morals threaten to develop into in basic terms "what the sunshine falls through," "suffering [seems] in truth for nothing," and "all we do is probably all we will be able to do." within the face of this, Carl Phillips, reconsidering and unraveling what we expect we all know, maps out the contours of an international in revision, the place fact lies captured at one second and on the subsequent is going loose, remodeled. those are poems of searing good looks, lit by way of desire and shadowed via it, from a poet whose paintings "reinstates the potential of discovering which means in an international that's eternally able to revoke the assets of which means in our lives" (Jonathan Farmer, Slate).

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The most eloquent tribute to Emily Dickinson as a custodian of old New England values came from Samuel Ward, Margaret Fuller’s close friend and an early writer for the Dial. Ward wrote to his friend Higginson shortly after the publication of the first edition of Dickinson’s Poems: I am, with all the world, intensely interested in Emily Dickinson. No wonder six editions have been sold, every copy, I should think to a New Englander. She may become world famous, or she may never get out of New England.

Rather than reinstating the hierarchized sets of binaries – private/public, poetry/sexuality, literature/history, aesthetics/politics, high art/mass culture, holograph/print, individual authorship/cultural production – that continue to structure not only Dickinson studies but the institutional spaces we inhabit, we might want to consider other ways of approaching the relations among literature, culture, society, and world. Art is never only private and individual; it is also and always collective and social.

She is the quintessence of that element we all have who are of the Puritan descent pur sang. We came to this country to think our own thoughts with nobody to hinder . . We conversed with our own souls till we lost the art of communicating with other people. The typical family grew up strangers to each other, as in this case. It was awfully high, but awfully lonesome. (LED, p. 26) Higginson promptly forwarded Ward’s letter to Mabel Todd, calling it “the most remarkable criticism yet made on E. ” (LED, p.

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