The Lord never sends a bird without a branch

Written by Liam Baxter for DURA (Dundee University Review of the Arts) on Friday, December 1st, 2017

As Phillips’ third and most recent poetry collection, Leaving Atlantis showcases her poetic ability and her continued commitment to her craft. She has already received a number of poetry awards and her poems have represented Barbados on several occasions, perhaps most notably at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Phillips joins a growing community of esteemed Caribbean literary figures being heard and lauded on this side of the Atlantic; writers of the magnitude of Kei Miller, Kwame Dawes and Jacob Ross, as well as her own “commensurate artist”. Published by Peepal Tree, an English-based Caribbean and Black British press, Leaving Atlantis is indeed a fitting collection to sit alongside these strong and exciting contemporary voices.