Elegy for a Broken Machine



“Mesmerizing and moving...  Phillips continues to freshen his already profound gifts.” 


            —Floyd Skloot, Harvard Review


“For me this is a real discovery... the language is quiet and accurate, the details precise, and the emotions—though never insisted upon—are there, unquestionable and complex. Phillips is the rare poet with the tact and chops to accomplish that. What a find!"


            —Philip Levine, Ploughshares


"Haunted by memories, could-have-beens and what-ifs... Phillips enacts the anxiety and grief of the knowledge that there is no escape from death, no matter how much we may love and protect someone.”


            —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review of Boy)


Phillips is the best kind of poet, one any reader could and would want to read... the kind of poet poetry needs.”


            —Rachel Berry, The Carolina Quarterly