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"Robert Phillips' attitude is that of the sensitive and isolated modern whose defensesand resourcesare observational quirkiness, tolerance, and rueful intelligence. His work is engagingly open and accessible, his subjects painstakingly explored."
"Here's a book to 'drive away the grackle of unhappiness.' The poems in Robert Phillips' Spinach Days, wryly nostalgic, rueful, sharply felt, vanquish troubles and ring true in his clear, unmistakable voice. A pleasure to read and re-read."
Robert Phillips is about the only living U.S. poet who never bores me.
Robert Phillips' attitude is that of the sensitive and isolated modern whose defenses—and resources—are observational quirkiness, tolerance, and rueful intelligence. His work is engagingly open and accessible, his subjects painstakingly explored.
James Dickey, citation of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Literature
This book of lamentations and praises, seethings and gentlings, losses and acceptances is at once easy and tough, subtle and plain. Spinach Days is the work of a very good poet who fits the poem to the idea, the method to the matter, simple English to complex thought, and who takes his craft more seriously than he does himself.
Robert Phillips is an important American poet. He expresses and incarnates the sensibility of our time; when I read him I experience, eerily, what I did not know I knew until his poem revealed it.
"Phillips' playful title prepares us for reminiscence, and there are many poems of personal archaeology here, prodigious in their concreteness and their believable inventories. Through all of the poems moves Mr. Phillips' inimitable voiceeasy-going, spare, engaging, and inclined to comedy. Some of the richness of Spinach Days comes of the equable telling of poignant or bitter things; it is like hearing depth charges in a calm sea."
There is a wry, self-deprecating intimacy and charm in Robert Phillips' poems that are not like anyone else writing today.