Hamilton, Kendra.“The Current Toast of the Poetry World.” Black Issues in Higher Education 19, no. 5 (April 25, 2002): 26-27. Presents a brief profile of Phillips and his reaction to being awarded the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his fifth collection of poetry, The Tether. Phillips discusses his early aspirations in poetry and his work as a tenured professor at Washington University in St. Louis.
Hammer, Langdon. “The Leaves Rush, Greening, Back: Carl Phillips.” American Scholar 75, no. 4 (Autumn, 2006): 58. Examines selected poems that reflect Phillips’s fascination with the erotic nature of spirituality. Hammer contends that many of Phillips’s poems, while eliciting unique romanticism, still contain elements of skepticism and self-doubt that can be traced back to the poet’s own complex childhood.
Phillips, Carl. “Carl Phillips.” Interview by Christopher Hennessy. In Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets, edited by Hennessy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005. Phillips discusses how race and homosexuality can create displacement in a poet’s professional and personal life.
_______. “An Interview with Carl Phillips.” Interview by Charles Rowell. Callaloo 21, no. 1 (Winter, 1998): 204. Phillips details his poetic influences, reaction to his first book, In the Blood, and being honored with the Samuel French Morris Poetry Prize, and the impact of this publication on African American writing.
Ploughshares. Review of Quiver of Arrows. Fall, 2007, 219. Notes that the collection draws from eight books of poetry, showcasing those pieces that reflect the poet’s central themes.
Smith, Jordan. Review of Speak Low. Antioch Review 67, no. 3 (Summer, 2009): 604-605. Highlights the poet’s emphasis on the physical and spiritual dualism of the body.
Weir, John. “Revealing Rhymes.” Advocate 758 (April 28, 1998): 62-66. Considers the poetry of gay contemporary poets, including Phillips. Weir focuses on From the Devotions and elaborates on Phillips’s ability to create poetry that not only celebrates gayness but also embraces small everyday joys of living, universal themes for all readers.