Robert (Schaeffer) Phillips Critical Essays


Robert (Schaeffer) Phillips 1938–

American poet, short story writer, critic, and editor.

Phillips has written three volumes of poetry: Inner Weather (1966), The Pregnant Man (1978), and Running on Empty (1981). Critics consider his poetry witty and inventive and laud Phillips for his masterful wordplay. Although writing poetry is a favorite interest, Phillips also wrote the short story collection The Land of Lost Content (1970) and the critical study The Confessional Poets (1973). In addition to his writing, Phillips has pursued a full-time career in advertising. He has also been a contributing editor to the Paris Review and The Ontario Review and a book review editor for Modern Poetry Studies.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 17-20, rev. ed. and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 8.)