John Lane

percussionist | composer



Episode 27: Patrick Phillips

This episode features an in-depth and personal conversation with poet Patrick Phillips. We discussed two of his collections of poetry, Elegy for a Broken Machine and Boy. We shared deeply personal reflections about the experience of being a father (a new father, in my case), made some connections about the mortality of our own fathers, and how these (and other) life experiences find their way into creative work. Patrick also has wise and timely advice for living and sustaining a creative life. 

You can explore Patrick's work and keep up to date with his readings, etc. on his website (above). A few of his poems are available on the Poetry Foundation website. Below are links to the two collections we discussed on the podcast. Also, a sincere thanks to Brittany Morrongiello at Knopf for introducing me to Patrick's poetry! 

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