“I’ve always thought of them, of the poems, as being very private investigations and negotiations of a space that I can’t quite figure out—they’re where I wrestle with what I both resist and am drawn to.”
I can’t stop reading and rereading Phillips’s poems. They are carefully considered but always unsettled, restlessly looking to reveal, move deeper, open something unknown. My favorite poems ask questions and Phillips’s linger in my head for weeks even when I’m not reading him.
— Callie, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA