Fox. Man. Jesus.

Two Carl Phillips poems, “Almost Tenderly” and “Fascination,” won’t leave me. I’ve memorized them, talked to friends about them, written about them a little (here & here & here). Both are from Phillips’s collection Double Shadow and one, “Almost Tenderly,” is…

On “Fascination,” Part 1

My first Oxford English Dictionary was given to me as a gift sometime in the late Eighties by a pair of young artists who knew I wanted to be a writer. A month or so later, short of money for…

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