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Chattahoochee: Poems (Kate Tufts Discovery Award) Paperback – July 1, 2004
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“The ‘intensity in the seeing’ that Theodore Roethke believed good poetry possessed is everywhere present in Patrick Phillips’s clear-eyed debut collection, Chattahoochee. The world Phillips evokes is a half-paradise of childhood innocence half-lost to the earthly imperfection of adult experience. It is a world illuminated by bright and dark fire, a world where awe and wonder find a voice, and where memory leads—by story, metaphor, and music—to the ‘oldest room in the house’ where, Phillips tells us, ‘the world began.’”
—Michael Collier, author of The Ledge
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"The resolve of CHATTAHOOCHEE is relentless--Phillips wastes no time getting to the center and wastes no language once he's there."
-Stanley Plumly, author of Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me (2000)
"Harrowing and tender, full of communal warmth and racial hatred, intimacy and injustice. This is an unforgettable first book."
-Alan Shaprio, author of Song & Dance: Poems (2002)
"Tough-minded, taut and tender... CHATTAHOOCHEE recalls the landmark first books of the young Galway Kinnell, Philip Levine, or Larry Levis."
-Deborah Digges, author of Trapeze: Poems (2004)
"Phillips evokes a half-paradise of childhood, half-lost to earthly imperfection a world illuminated, where awe and wonder find a voice."
-Michael Collier, author of The Ledge (2002)