Letter from a Distant Land, 1957
The Islanders, 1961
Weathers and Edges, 1966
Margins: A Sequence of New and Selected Poems, 1970
Available Light, 1976
Before Sleep, 1980
Relations: Selected Poems, 1950-1985, 1986
Selves: New Poems, 1990
Pairs: New Poems, 1994
Lifelines: Selected Poems, 1950-1999, 1999
Crossing, 2001 (juvenile)
Trying to Say It: Outlooks and Insights on How Poems Happen, 1996
Philip Booth, like many other contemporary poets, has spent much of his career in an academic atmosphere. He took a baccalaureate degree at Dartmouth College in 1947 and taught at Bowdoin College in Maine in 1949, then dropped out of teaching for four years to write as a novelist. After deciding that he was better as a writer of poetry than of fiction, he returned to it and earned his master’s degree at Syracuse University, where he served for the next twenty-five years in the creative writing program. He was also a staff member for poetry workshops at Tufts University and the University of New Hampshire.
As a poet, Booth has won a number of awards. He received the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine in 1955. Two years later, he received the Saturday Review poetry award for his poem “The Margin.” He also received the Lamont Prize of the Academy of American Poets in 1957. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1958-1959 and was Phi Beta Kappa poet at Columbia University in 1962. In 1983, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of American Poets. His 1986 collection Relations received the Maurice English Poetry Award. In addition to his volumes of poetry, Booth has had numerous publications in various literary magazines and journals, including Harper’s, The New Yorker, and Saturday Review, as well as in anthologies of contemporary poetry.