Review: Carl Phillips' "Double Shadow"

If you’re at all familiar with Carl Phillips’ poems, you know that his austere lines, and stark, spare stanzas are incredibly intimidating and imposing. Every word, every simple punctuation mark, holds such weight that you’re done in by the end of one poem. In Double Shadow, Phillips’ allows his lines to achieve paragraph-fullness, and for that, it is easily his most accessible, inviting book to date.


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