It’s astonishing how a poem can sound just like an exhalation. I’ve never been able to read Carl Phillips without an audible sigh of relief.
Late in the Long Apprenticeship
At last, he’s asleep.
I can look at him the way I’m meant to.
His body moves like any ocean. The ocean moves like any field
back home: submission, submission’s shadow, wind, submission.
Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Silverchest, a finalist for the International Griffin Prize, and Double Shadow, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His most recent book of prose is The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination. Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jo Stewart is an editorial assistant at FSG.