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Speak Low

Issue No. 145 ~ June, 2009

There are tissue paper-thin ideas of meaning in the poem, and all the poems; Phillips is so infinitesimal in his perceptive thought, we see how he embodies the talents that make him an excellent translator of poems and essayist on the art of poetry. The poet divides back onto himself, revising and adding, often through non-essential clauses, the most essential ideas.

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The Tea Party

Issue No. 145 ~ June, 2009

I really did believe that I loved the boy with the cheekbones, although looking back, it's clear how much lust played a part. "Do you have a husband?" Mel asks. He doesn't say, as anyone else would, "Are you married?" He makes having a husband sound like owning a pet.