Poetry. Phillip Foss's THE WORLD'S DESCRIPTION: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS is a carefully culled selection from an astonishing body of work that reaches back over thirty years. Rather than present a chronological retrospective, Foss creates an original work by bringing poems together that speak with each other outside of their original context. This arrangement throws a new and distinctive light on a remarkable poetic intelligence. As Gustaf Sobin wrote, "The light of Phillip Foss's poems comes from a considerable distance. It doesn't speak. Not until it reaches the poet, and refracts in the process, does it break into sound, into the dye and tough fiber of Foss's relentlessly speculative voice. These are marvelous poems. They bear within them both the silence of their origins and the delicate fracture of their execution. Phillip Foss is among the rare poets today whose work, rather than merely recycling so much exhausted material, actually comes to inform and invigorate language itself."
Phillip Foss is the author of fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, most recently STUDY IN TRANSHUMANCE, THE VALLEY OF CRANES, and THE WORLD'S DESCRIPTION, from Singing Horse Press. Additionally, he has received the Fund for Poetry Award and two Poetry Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was founding director of the Creative Writing Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and editor of Tyuonyi magazine. He lives with his wife, Joyce, in northern New Mexico.Author City: San Juan Pueblo, NM USA