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This follow-up to Patrick Phillips's award-winning debut navigates the course of the male experience, and particularly young fatherhood. Like Virgil's Aeneas, the book's central figure is in the middle time of life, a grown man with an aging father on his shoulders and a young son at his hand. Phillips's plainspoken and moving lyrics add an important voice to the poetry of This follow-up to Patrick Phillips's award-winning debut navigates the course of the male experience, and particularly young fatherhood. Like Virgil's Aeneas, the book's central figure is in the middle time of life, a grown man with an aging father on his shoulders and a young son at his hand. Phillips's plainspoken and moving lyrics add an important voice to the poetry of home as they struggle to reconcile fatherhood and boyhood, present and past, and the ache of loving what must be lost.


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This follow-up to Patrick Phillips's award-winning debut navigates the course of the male experience, and particularly young fatherhood. Like Virgil's Aeneas, the book's central figure is in the middle time of life, a grown man with an aging father on his shoulders and a young son at his hand. Phillips's plainspoken and moving lyrics add an important voice to the poetry of This follow-up to Patrick Phillips's award-winning debut navigates the course of the male experience, and particularly young fatherhood. Like Virgil's Aeneas, the book's central figure is in the middle time of life, a grown man with an aging father on his shoulders and a young son at his hand. Phillips's plainspoken and moving lyrics add an important voice to the poetry of home as they struggle to reconcile fatherhood and boyhood, present and past, and the ache of loving what must be lost.

30 review for Boy (The VQR Poetry Series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    VQR Series claimer, and disclaimer. This is the book Chattahoochee (Phillips' earlier and already mature book) grew up to be...there's an epigraph from Francis Bacon that haunts both titles: "He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune." The book stares down the mortal possibilities of all familial interaction and chooses (bravely) doomed and honest love over the safer alternatives. A tight, tight book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I heard Phillips' poem "Falling" a year or so ago on NPR's "Writer's Almanac" as I was driving to school. I remember being completely blown away by the last line, and as soon as I got to my classroom I looked the poem up online and read it several more times. I still really like that particular poem, but there are many others in this collection that I enjoyed just as much, if not more: "Piano," "Matinee," "At the End of the All-Night Drive," and "A History of Twilight."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Che

    2.5 stars really. Really enjoyed FALLING and a few others.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

    "Boy" is the first full book of poetry I've read in a fair while, and a fantastic, bitter-beautiful reintroduction to the of the fact/fiction/autobiographical world of poems. A fascinating peek into a man's view of himself and family through the lens of fatherhood. And, of course, there's the gorgeous, provocative cover. I highly recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Casey Miller

    I loved these poems. My favorite was "Heaven" - in fact, reading this poem on the subway is what lead me to read this book. I'm not usually a big poetry person but I throughly enjoyed this collection and will read more by Patrick Phillips in the future.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    A wonderful book of poems about becoming a father, but it's more than that. Worthy reading, no doubt about it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leah

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    Robert

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    Rose

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    Trent

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    Kathy

  12. 5 out of 5

    S.E.

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    Martin G.

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    Shara

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    Maggie Smith

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kurtis Johnson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liam

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

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    David

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    Amps210

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    Patrick Andrews

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christineporeba

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    Michelle

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daron

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    really great book of poetry. and a stand-up guy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elle

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