Philip Booth, born in 1925 in New Hampshire, grew up there and in Maine, where he now lives in the house that has belonged to his family for five generations. He was educated at Dartmouth and Columbia, and for many years has been the senior poet in the Syracuse University Creative Writing
Program. His books of poetry include Letter from a Distant Land, winner of the Lamont Prize for 1957, The Islanders, Weathers and Edges, Margins, Available Light, and Before Sleep. In 1983 he was honored by election as a Fellow of the Academy of American Poets.
In Contemporary Poets, Richard Damashek characterizes Booth's work as "...eloquent testimonials to the world he knows he must reach, but which ever eludes him. Indeed, in an age where so many others are challenging society and plumbing the depths of the neurotic self,
Booth is seeking metaphysical affirmation, an ontological relationship with the world. Hard disciplined forms, short lines, and cool images carry the weight of his determined search."